The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced plan to fund the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network, CHAMPS, a network of diseases surveillance sites in developing countries.
The foundation made this disclosure yesterday in Lagos in a statement issued by its Senior Communication Officer for Africa, Mrs. Buhle Makamanzi.
The statement added that the sites would help in gathering data on how, where and why children were dying.
According to the statement, the foundation plans an initial commitment of up to N1.5 billion (about $75 million) to the project.
“These sites will help to gather better data, faster about how, where and why children are getting sick and dying.
This data will help the global health community get the right interventions to the right children in the right place to save lives.
“The network will also be invaluable in providing capacity and training in the event of an epidemic, such as Ebola or SARS,’’ it said.
The statement quoted the Co-Chair of the foundation, Mr. Bill Gates to have stressed the need for the world to also have improved public health data to save children’s lives.
“The world needs better, more timely public health data not only to prepare for the next epidemic, but to save children’s lives now.

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