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East Africa a magnet for malaria research funding

East Africa is the preferred region for international funders of malaria research, an article in The Lancet has found—which is problematic for high-burden countries elsewhere.

The United Kingdom-based authors crunched the numbers by combing funding databases, award data and by seeking information from funders themselves. They used the 28 top global funders of health research, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States, the UK’s Wellcome Trust and various research councils in countries such as Sweden and Norway.

All the top three malaria research countries hail from East Africa. Tanzania’s combined US$107.8 million and 170 awards were the most in Africa. Kenya and Uganda’s totals of more than US$90m each were over US$20m more than Malawi’s total, the fourth highest.

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