Bill Gates announced, during a visit to Kenya, that his foundation will invest seven billion dollars in improving health, gender equality and agriculture in Africa.
The new commitment will be implemented over the next four years and is in addition to current funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen health systems on the continent.
“African youth have the talent and opportunity to accelerate progress and help solve the world’s most pressing problems,” said Gates.
The new funding is announced as countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa are grappling with their worst drought in decades.
“We will invest in local institutions and new collaborations that build the long-term resilience needed to make these crises less frequent and less devastating,” said Foundation Chief Executive Mark Suzman.
During his visit, Gates visited primary health care centers, some of the world’s leading medical and agricultural research institutes, and smallholder farms.