UAE and the Gates Foundation: Partners to Improve Global Health
The UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working together to improve global health. Since 2011, the UAE has worked with the Gates Foundation to support the distribution of life-saving vaccines where they are needed most.
In June 2017, the UAE pledged $30 million to the Gates Foundation to support polio eradication worldwide. Including this gift, the UAE has contributed a total of $150 million to polio eradication efforts. These efforts have resulted in the delivery of more than 158 million vaccination doses across Pakistan, decreasing the country’s infection rate by over 60 percent.
In 2013, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Bill Gates co-hosted the first Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, resulting in $4 billion in commitments for polio eradication. In December 2015, Bill Gates again joined Sheikh Mohamed in Abu Dhabi to present the Heroes of Polio Eradication Awards to leaders in the fight against the disease.