African Union Development Agency — General Support (2020)

Professor Aggrey Ambali AUDA-NEPAD Director, leading the panel discussion at the 4th Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa (SCoMRA IV). (Photo courtesy of AUDA-NEPAD.)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
4/2020
Grant Amount 
$2,500,000
Purpose 
To support the evaluation, preparation, and potential deployment of genetically-based vector control technologies.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Jacob Trefethen

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. AUDA-NEPAD staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,500,000 over five years to the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the technical arm of the African Union, to support the evaluation, preparation, and potential deployment of genetically-based vector control technologies to help eliminate malaria in some African regions. Deployment would only take place if determined to be feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities.

This funding will support AUDA-NEPAD’s work educating government regulators about genetically-based vector control technologies and continuing to develop regulatory capacity for novel vector control approaches, including gene drive mosquitoes, at national and regional levels. AUDA-NEPAD is also a grantee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This follows our April 2017 support and falls within our focus area of scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.