The former CEO of Microsoft, said in the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans that the foundation of his Gates Foundation is committed to delivering more than 500 million US dollars (about Rp6,04 trillion) in 2014 "to reduce the burden of disease malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and a number of parasitic infection is a major cause of death and disability in developing countries, "according to a statement.
Gates also said that in addition to the promise of such assistance, the foundation has also increased its annual funding for malaria by 30 percent.
Gates describes the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,900 people in West Africa since the beginning of this year as "a critical moment in the history of global health," and said that the world's biggest outbreak underscores the need for stronger efforts to counter the threat of malaria and dengue fever were resistant to the drug.
"Ebola outbreak demonstrates once again that in the interconnected world today, wherever health challenges can create health challenges everywhere - and the best way to overcome this challenge is to dedicate ourselves to help reduce the global burden due to infectious diseases, "Gates said in a prepared statement. (MFD)