In our health-related funding, we focus on research projects related to global health research in the areas of neglected tropical diseases and child health.
We fund projects to combat neglected tropical diseases – a range of diseases afflicting over one billion people worldwide, yet for which there is little financial or political prioritization. Most affected are the poorest populations, often living in remote, rural areas, urban slums or in conflict zones. For these diseases, which typically lack safe, effective, affordable, or easy-to-use treatment or control methods, the foundation finances projects which seek to speed up the investigation of risk factors, new treatment methods, and vaccine development.
For the purposes of promoting child health, we support research projects in health systems and hygiene-related diseases. Research in health systems facilitates quality of care and access to care, as well as the development, application and implementation of effective disease prevention and control strategies. For example, integrated nutrition and disease control programs drive the kind of effective, community-wide health improvements that we seek to achieve with our funding. We also invest in research to combat hygiene-related diseases such as diarrhea, diseases caused by Salmonella bacteria and worms, and other diseases resulting from unclean water, the use of wastewater in agriculture, and poor and unsanitary living conditions.
Stop Buruli initiative
One research initiative coordinated by the foundation is Stop Buruli, which is a transdisciplinary research effort that gives face to one of the world's most neglected diseases. Left undiagnosed and untreated, Buruli ulcer causes lifelong disability, serious disfigurement and social exclusion. A consortium consisting of eight high-calibre teams from four continents is focusing on action-oriented research for the prevention and control of Buruli ulcer.
For more background information and results of this promising initiative: