The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is building upon the unprecedented opportunities of the 21st century to improve equity in global health and learning. The foundation was created in January 2000, through the merger of the Gates Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through public libraries, and the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on improving global health.
The Global Fund was created to finance a dramatic turn-around in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These three diseases kill more than six million people each year, and the numbers are growing. This massive scaling-up of resources is already supporting aggressive interventions against all three.
The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University is one of the preeminent schools of public health in the United States and the world, a leadership position gained through important milestones. The Mailman School has been at the center of a number of pathbreaking and prominent initiatives, studying the effects of prenatal environmental exposures to its role coordinating MTCT-Plus, a multi-foundation-funded $100 million effort to treat HIV-infected women and children in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The mission of Millennium Promise is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - eight globally endorsed objectives that address the many aspects of extreme poverty - in Africa by 2015. To that end, Millennium Promise works with impoverished communities, national and local governments, and partner organizations to implement high-impact programs aimed at transforming lives on the continent and engaging donor nations, corporations, and the general public in the effort. Our work is premised on the belief that, for the first time in history, our generation has the opportunity to end extreme poverty, hunger, and disease.
The Millennium Villages project offers a bold, innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The Millennium Villages themselves are proving that by fighting poverty at the village level through community-led development, rural Africa can achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and escape from the poverty trap. By applying this scalable model to give them a hand up, not a hand out, people of this generation can get on the ladder of development and start climbing on their own.
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Global Partnership was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank to provide a coordinated international approach to fighting malaria. RBM’s goal is to halve the burden of malaria by 2010. The RBM Partnership is now made up of more than 90 partners including malaria-endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions who bring a formidable assembly of expertise, infrastructure and funds into the fight against the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on April 7, 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The president’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a historic USD 1.2 billion, five-year initiative to control malaria in Africa. Announced by President Bush on June 30, 2005, it is a collaborative U.S Government effort led by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of State, the White House, and others.
Malaria No More was founded in 2006 by leading non-governmental organizations to inspire individuals, institutions and organizations in the private sector to support a comprehensive approach to end malaria deaths.