Gates Foundation Awards $180 Million to Address Child Mortality

Gates Foundation Awards $180 Million to Address Child Mortality

Emory University in Atlanta has announced a $180 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.

A global health network launched in 2015 and headquartered at the Emory Global Health Institute, CHAMPS collects and analyzes data that is used to help identify the causes of death among children under the age of 5 in seven countries where child mortality rates are the highest — Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Through an inclusive, open-access approach to data sharing, CHAMPS helps governments and national public health institutes use data to better understand and prevent specific causes of disease.

Partners in the effort include the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Public Health Informatics Institute, a program of the Task Force for Global Health.

The grant boosts the foundation's total investment in CHAMPS to $271 million. "The Gates Foundation's historic investment will not only change children's lives around the world, it also promises to provide unique opportunities for our faculty, researchers, and students to make further advancements toward helping reduce global child mortality rates," said Emory University president Claire E. Sterk.

"[Five-point-four] million children die every year from mostly preventable causes, the overwhelming majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia," said Emory Global Health Institute director Robert F. Breiman. "CHAMPS relies on diverse partnerships with research institutes, universities, and health ministries in the countries where we work. The innovative surveillance and analysis being done by CHAMPS and its partners will catalyze evidence-driven interventions at the local, national, and global levels that we believe can save the lives of millions of children."