UAE and the Gates Foundation: Partners to Improve Global Health

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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 $167 million to polio eradication efforts. These efforts have contributed to the UAE’s delivery of 407 million vaccination doses across Pakistan since 2014. The campaign has vaccinated more than 71 million Pakistani children and helped decrease the country’s infection rate by 96 percent.

In addition to fighting polio, the UAE and Gates Foundation have collaborated to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, both of which are found in the Middle East and Africa. In 2017 the UAE and Gates Foundation launched the Reaching the Last Mile Fund to support efforts to eradicate these treatable diseases worldwide. The second Reaching the Last Mile Forum takes place in November 2019, uniting global health leaders in an effort to tackle these diseases and also support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2019-2023 Polio Endgame Strategy.

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. In 2018, the UAE and the Gates Foundation announced plans to set up a research center in Abu Dhabi that will focus on translating data and research on disease into policy across the region.