Exclusive: New $100M fund to eradicate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis

The END Fund
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We are delighted to announce that the Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday launched 'Reaching the Last Mile' a $100 million fund to be hosted and administered by the END Fund. The funding, which is a 10-year facility, will go towards eliminating river blindness and lymphatic filariasis from key countries in Africa and the Middle East. 

The END Fund, founded by the Legatum Foundation in 2012, is an independent organisation, bringing together private donors to accomplish one big goal: to see an end to NTDs in our lifetime. The Fund is the world’s first private philanthropic initiative to combat the five most prevalent NTDs and to date has reached more than 140 million people with over 331 million life changing treatments. Supported by a growing community of global philanthropists, the END Fund provides financing for nationwide disease control initiatives, creating new programmes, supplementing existing ones, and using leveraged funds to extend and deepen impact.

Read more about the new $100 million fund here.