The GHIT Fund is an international organization that
supports product development of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics
for malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

We fight neglected diseases through partnerships

Diseases "neglected" by the world

  • Malaria

    Deaths in 2022


  • Tuberculosis

    Deaths in 2022


  • NTDs

    Cases in 2021


Despite the many people suffering from various infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), they have been “neglected" due to the lack of safe, approved products for treatment and prevention.

By comparison:
Deaths from lung
cancer in Japan


In 2021

Why developing new drugs for
neglected diseases is so difficult

  • This makes it difficult for companies to participate in product development

  • Patients are caught in a vicious cycle

  • Our vision is a world free of neglected infectious diseases that affect over a billion people. Our aim: achieving health equity.
  • We leverage Japanese innovation and leadership to fight against neglected infectious diseases through investing in research and development and promoting global partnerships.

Our approach

The GHIT Fund is an international non-profit organization that supports product development of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for malaria, tuberculosis, and NTDs that are difficult for companies to invest in alone. We fundraise through global public-private partnerships.
  • Fundraising

  • Invest in R&D

  • Support delivery to patients

GHIT by the numbers

  • Total Investment
    Over USD300M**
  • Total Invested Programs
    Over 120
  • Total Product
    Development Partners
    Over 170
  • Clinical Trials
    Over 10 projects
  • Registration
    1 project
As of December 31,2023

Goals to be achieved by 2027

Delivering new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics to patients who suffer

Support from partners

It’s virtually impossible for a single company to develop a product alone.
The GHIT Fund is funded by the Government of Japan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the pharmaceutical industry, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wellcome, as well as sponsors from a variety of private companies.

Tackling neglected infectious
diseases through global partnerships

The GHIT Fund serves as a networking hub to accelerate product development by connecting Japanese and global institutions, including governments, private companies, foundations, NGO/NPOs, and UN agencies.
  • Over60 Japanese
  • Over100 non-Japanese

Messages from partners & sponsors