We are closer than ever to overcoming some of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases.
He makes unique long-term commitments to several diseases focusing on areas in which his engagement can make the maximum impact, prompt others to act, or chart a new path. To catalyze faster change, the approach across the portfolio incorporates active partnership, innovative financing, and the development of new areas of expertise.
Today, and as a result of exceptional coordinated global efforts, two major global diseases, Guinea worm disease and polio, are set to become the next human diseases in history to be eradicated, following the eradication of smallpox in 1980.
The world is also making incredible strides reducing burden and eliminating diseases like river blindness and malaria that were once the deadliest and most feared in the world. Fewer people are suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and many countries are eliminating them entirely. In the last five years, the number of people at risk for NTDs has fallen by 20% – from 2 billion to 1.6 billion.