The problem here is that to be a legitimate actor in global health, someone has to challenge your role/position/ideas. Not just through accountability or monitoring and evaluation processes (which I'm sure the Foundation is pretty rigorous on) but a more mundane questioning of the authority of an actor.
Ending malaria won't just save millions of lives, but could also unlock trillions of pounds in economic potential. As Justine Greening said: "Our new commitment will save countless more lives and build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all which is firmly in the UK's national interest."
The weekend was a colossal fist pump moment. The UK government has bitten the bullet. It is taking on the ending of a disease that is believed to have killed half of humanity. Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new £1billion fund to fight malaria and other infectious diseases, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Agricultural development through productivity improvements, crop intensification, irrigation, and investment in infrastructure has significantly improved food security and the seasonal dimension of hunger worldwide in recent years. Yet seasonal hunger still persists among the rural poor, and should not be lost within poverty statistics or forgotten when addressing chronic hunger in policymaking.
To end malaria we need a commitment from a generation of people to see it through. We at Malaria No More UK will work tirelessly to achieve our aim but I'm also making a call out to you. How do we persuade every day people, business leaders and policy-makers to see this through? To end deaths from malaria - and to end malaria - in our generation.
I've had a pretty thought-provoking week on the other side of the Atlantic. Travelling always seems to expand the mind and give one some time to think, but this week it's been less to do with the opportunity for reflection and more to do with a handful of seemingly-unrelated comments that were made to me in passing...
Bill Gates has suggested that the Millennium Development Goals do not need updating. He is wrong. Here's why: Throughout the world, from Burma to Namibia, Somaliland to Laos, China to Nicaragua, there are communities of people marginalised by the societies in which they live and forgotten by international development organisations.
This week sees the publication of From Promises to Progress, a new report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world.