UAE and the Gates Foundation: Partners to Improve Global Health
The UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering 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 April 2020, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke with Bill Gates to discuss enhanced cooperation between the UAE and the foundation to help the international community fight COVID-19. During the call, Gates noted the UAE’s initiatives to support other countries by providing medical and protective supplies. Sheikh Mohamed and Gates also stressed the importance of supporting research centers and medical institutions working to develop a cure for the virus.
In 2017, the UAE and Gates Foundation launched the Reaching the Last Mile Fund to support efforts to eradicate treatable diseases like polio and malaria worldwide. During the second Reaching the Last Mile Forum in November 2019, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan pledged $160 million to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2019-2023 Polio Endgame Strategy. Including this gift, the UAE has contributed a total of $327 million to polio eradication efforts. These efforts have funded 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 are working together to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, both of which are found in the Middle East and Africa. Carried out in collaboration with leading pharmaceutical companies, the combined effort delivers treatment against worms and parasites that cause these diseases.