$350M gift to tackle public health challenges – Harvard Gazette

A $350 million gift — the largest in Harvard’s history — comes from The Morningside Foundation, established by the family of the late T.H. Chan. The gift will support efforts at the Harvard School of Public Health to tackle the world’s toughest health challenges.

Kent Dayton/Harvard School of Public Health

By Alvin Powell Harvard Staff Writer

Date September 8, 2014

Harvard University will announce today a $350 million gift — the largest in Harvard’s history — to support efforts at the School of Public Health (HSPH) to tackle the world’s toughest health challenges.

The gift comes from Newton, Mass.-based The Morningside Foundation, established by the family of the late T.H. Chan, which has focused its philanthropy primarily on education, health, and faith-based organizations in North America and Asia. The gift will also lead to the renaming of the School, which will be called the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk said the gift will focus on four global health threats: pandemics old and new, such as malaria, Ebola, cancer, and obesity; harmful physical and social environments such as those resulting from tobacco use, gun violence, and pollution; poverty and humanitarian crises such as those stemming from war and natural disasters; and failing health care systems around the world.

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