By Russell Stothard
This Monday LSTM hosted The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP and the philanthropist Bill Gates who came to announce the launch of the Ross Fund.
Named in Honour of Sir Ronald Ross, The Ross Fund is a new international initiative to stem the spread of antimicrobial resistance, move towards elimination of malaria and control several Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Fund is a portfolio of programmes led by the Department for International Development (DFID) or the UK Department of Health.
At the launch, they both gave their opinions about the importance of the Ross Fund and discussed key challenges in global health. They also drew attention to the importance of existing international research networks and how these are set to expand and respond. The discussions were captured on video and illustrate how interventions against malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are top priorities.
The Rt Hon Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Department for DFID, who joined George Osborne and Bill Gates on a tour of the LSTM laboratories, discussing NTD research with Professor Mark Taylor and Dr Joe Turner, from the COUNTDOWN team.
In short, the 25th January was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the world the importance of translating the best laboratory findings into the most appropriate public health policies, to transform the lives of those with NTDs by supporting better health for all.