The largest private donation in the university's history will enable IHME to build on its efforts to improve population health by providing independent and rigorous analysis of global health issues and evaluating strategies to address them. Among other things, the grant will fund the institute's efforts to track how health resources are spent around the world and develop innovations aimed at helping decision makers better plan and establish population health-related priorities. The funding also will enable the institute to continue as the coordinating center for the Global Burden of Disease project — a systematic effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population — as well as provide core support for IHME faculty, students, and staff.
"IHME provides critical data about global health trends that can empower policy makers worldwide to identify better solutions in the fight against disease," said Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates.
The Gates Foundation's latest investment complements a $210 million grant awarded last October to UW's Population Health Initiative, which seeks to improve human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity, locally and globally. To date, the foundation has awarded more than two hundred and fifty grants totaling $1.25 billion to the university.
"We feel lucky that our local university is also on the leading edge of innovation globally," said Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates, "and we are grateful that it has chosen to innovate to help the poorest people in the world."