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The Ross Fund - Combatting the world's most serious diseases

The Ross Fund will develop, test and produce new products to help combat serious diseases in developing countries.

Fighting Infectious Disease

Named after Sir Ronald Ross, the first ever British Nobel Laureate, recognised for his discovery that mosquitoes transmit malaria, the £1 billion Ross Fund was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 2015. Over a century on from Ross’s work, the UK is still at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases. In addition to the work of the Ross Fund the Chancellor has today set out more details on how the UK work with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners to reduce deaths from malaria by 90% by 2030.

The Work of the Ross Fund

The Government has created the Ross Fund for research and development in products for infectious diseases and to strengthen delivery of new products, bringing together Government investment into:

  • Anti-microbial resistance (AMR), that is becoming an increasing threat globally
  • Diseases with epidemic potential, such as Ebola, that can rapidly spread if not stopped early
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect over a billion people worldwide

The fund will be managed by Department for International Development and the Department of Health.

Ross Fund Summary

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