Gates Foundation Grants Improve Global Health

Group of Gates scholars at Emory

Studying at Emory thanks to the Gates Foundation are Foege Fellows Joseph Davies of Sierra Leone (left), Herty Herjati of Indonesia, Asrat Amnie of Ethiopia, and Andrina Mwansambo of Malawi.

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The charitable foundations of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates have been working to improve global health for nearly 20 years. Finding significant opportunities to accomplish this goal at Emory, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to invest in the university’s people and programs.

The Rollins School of Public Health is expanding the William H. Foege Fellowships in Global Health with a $1.1 million Gates grant. Established in 2003 through a $5 million endowment from the Gates Foundation, the Foege fellowships are named to honor the career achievements of William Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Global Health at Rollins and senior medical adviser to the foundation’s Global Health Program.

Fellows in the Foege program come from developing countries to study at Rollins, where they partner with mentors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Carter Center, the Task Force for Global Health, and Care USA.

The Gates Foundation recently awarded Emory a $6 million grant as part of the foundation’s worldwide network aimed at developing an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine. The Gates Foundation created the network, known as the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, in 2006 and has funded 30 grants supporting investigators in 19 nations.

Bali Pulendran, principal investigator of the grant, will lead the Emory team, which comprises researchers from Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Emory Vaccine Center. Rafi Ahmed, vaccine center director, is co-principal investigator.

Emory’s Global Health Institute has received $26 million from the Gates Foundation to connect and strengthen the world’s national public health institutes and another $14 million to fight tobacco use in China. An $8.1 million Gates grant fuels the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s efforts to improve maternal and newborn survival in Ethiopia.

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