Areas in development
We explore certain areas to see what impact our involvement could have.
After a development phase, we decide whether to make the area one of our priority areas, to take it forward in other ways, or to let others take the lead if they're better placed to act.
Snakebite is one of the most neglected health problems in low- and middle-income countries. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people die each year after being bitten by a venomous snake, and 400,000 people are left with permanent, life changing disabilities.
We’re exploring ways to ensure that the people most at risk of snakebite have access to safe, effective and affordable therapies through:
- reviving and stabilising the market for effective antivenoms
- accelerating research and innovation to improve existing antivenoms and develop alternatives
- working with funders, researchers, policymakers and industry.
We’re setting up a development team to lead this work for us, and will publish more details about our programme of work in late 2018.
Data for science and health
We’re looking at how we could harness the power of ‘big data’ to improve patient outcomes by:
- changing the way data and new technologies are used in research to understand, classify, diagnose, manage and treat disease
- improving and building trust in the way health data is used in research and clinical decision making in different social and cultural contexts.
We’re setting up a development team to lead this work for us. Once the team’s in place, we’ll publish more details about our programme of work.
We’re exploring how we could drive substantial improvements in people's mental wellbeing through supporting:
- alternative approaches to better understand mental illness
- the development and evaluation of new interventions to prevent and respond to mental health problems.
We'll provide more details about our programme of work in early 2018, once the development team is up and running.
How we choose priority areas
For something to become a priority area, we need to be sure that:
- there’s a clear and compelling need for change
- our involvement will make a real difference
- we'll develop an approach that's more than the sum of its parts by bringing together different strands of our existing work
- we can involve a range of partners or different perspectives
- we have a focused plan with clear targets.
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