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1. Who is funding the Eliminate Dengue Program?
The Eliminate Dengue Program is an international, non-profit research collaboration led from Monash University, Australia. We have developed releationships with governments, research institutes and philanthropic partners around the world. These include:
- The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Wellcome Trust
- The UK government
- The United States Agency for International Development through the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge
- The Tahija Foundation, Indonesia
- The Gillespie Family Foundation
- The Australian and Queensland governments
- The Brazilian government
2. What is the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative?
In January 2003 an initiative was announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research on diseases that disproportionately affect people in the developing world. The initiative takes as its model the grand challenges formulated more than 100 years ago by mathematician David Hilbert – a list of important unsolved mathematical problems that has encouraged innovative mathematics research ever since. Similarly, the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative aims to engage creative minds from diverse scientific disciplines to work on 14 major challenges. The challenges range from creating new vaccines to developing accurate methods for measuring health status. One of the 14 Grand Challenges is to develop new approaches to control insects that transmit diseases to humans.