Partners in the lead
Three organizations we helped form and continue to fund—the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—have built vaccine development and health delivery systems for longstanding infectious diseases. They have been well positioned to accelerate the development and distribution of COVID-19 tools.
We have provided financial and technical assistance to several countries at their request, including Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and South Africa, to support their efforts in data-driven decision-making, logistics, community engagement campaigns, and other critical needs.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Institute for Disease Modeling (which became part of the Gates Foundation in July 2020) have provided modeling and other data to help countries determine their course of action.
Our first COVID grant in 2020 was to Africa CDC, to bolster testing capacity. We have also partnered with the Africa Medical Supplies Platform to make LumiraDx testing devices available to countries for point-of-care testing.
We helped organizations like GiveIndia and the South Africa Solidarity Fund launch efforts that brought together philanthropists to quickly raise and distribute funds for COVID response in their countries.