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Bill Gates invests US$ 40m in livestock vaccines

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be funding US$ 40 million over 5 years for the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed), a public-private partnership based in Edinburgh, UK.

GALVmed develops livestock vaccines, medicines and diagnostics and makes them accessible and affordable to millions of the poorest smallholder farmers across Africa and South Asia. The Gates Foundation also invests in additional agricultural innovation projects including the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) which utilizes cutting edge animal genetics and selective breeding to sustainably improve livestock productivity and resilience in developing countries as well as the Supporting Evidence Based Interventions project which looks at how data-sharing and accessibility can help inform better livestock decision making

Over 1.3 billion people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, but rearing livestock in developing countries is challenging. Photo: GALVmed
Over 1.3 billion people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, but rearing livestock in developing countries is challenging. Photo: GALVmed

Over 1.3 billion people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, but rearing livestock in developing countries is challenging. Diseases in livestock reduce farmers’ incomes and can pose serious risks to human health, with one quarter of the animals owned by poor farmers lost from preventable and treatable illnesses. As part of its mission to help all people live healthy and productive lives, the Gates Foundation is committed to supporting research that empowers farmers to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to a sustainable global food system.

Agriculture a lifeline out of poverty

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “For over a billion people living in the world’s poorest countries, agriculture and livestock are a lifeline out of poverty. The science and research being led by the great minds here in Edinburgh are making huge strides in improving the health and productivity of livestock. With this investment in GALVmed, we can take advantage of the UK’s leading R&D capabilities to fight the spread of livestock diseases, both protecting animals in the developing world and here in the UK.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment of $ 40 million dollars will help GALVmed make vaccines, medicines and diagnostics accessible to millions of the world’s poorest smallholder farmers.”

Bill Gates visited the University of Edinburgh with Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt on January 26, 2018.

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  • Dieter - Harle

    This is a wonderful idea and example to help at the grass roots through vaccination programs!
    How can we focus funding on analyzing what we have here in the USA? For instance: digestive disorders, immune depression and "suspect" claims are made and seemingly always answered that leave even more doubt than what we started with. Yes, we have "official" standards for chemical residue of safety by some "agency". - (usually profit driven). We have now testing capabilities with much more accuracy and yes, better understanding of the causes - BUT we lack funding for getting "real" sampling and data to look at causes and possible prevention once we know what we are dealing with. USGS data suggests there is quite a bit of chemical contamination in farm wells all over - BUT they are under the thresholds set by agencies that often do not understand the significance and functionality of the contaminants. Please encourage Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an opportunity of request and support - here in the United States of America!

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