January 26, 2008 |
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Friday that it would greatly increase agricultural grants designed to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa and South Asia. The $306-million commitment over four years included $164.5 million to the Nairobi, Kenya-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, for efforts to improve soils and help small farmers boost crop yields. The Rockefeller Foundation contributed an additional $15 million to the effort.
December 20, 2007 |
In a statement posted on its website, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has challenged portions of a Los Angeles Times article about Global Fund efforts in Africa. The Times report, published Sunday, said the Global Fund and other programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have had a mixed effect on key measures of societal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
December 16, 2007 |
Aneighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual. Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the roach-infested maternity ward of Queen Elizabeth II, a crumbling sprawl that is the largest hospital in Lesotho, a mountainous nation of 2.1 million people surrounded by South Africa.
November 27, 2007 |
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Monday that it would give $100 million to Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. It is the foundation's largest such grant. Rotary said it would match the grant. "We have very few opportunities to improve the world's public health in a permanent way, and this is one," said Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, which leads the eradication campaign in coordination with UNICEF, the U.S.
September 19, 2007 |
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would give $280 million for research and development of tuberculosis vaccines, diagnostic tests and drugs -- its largest package of TB grants ever. The grants are intended to accelerate recent progress in fighting the bacterial disease, which is among the world's deadliest, said Dr. Tadataka Yamada, who heads the foundation's global health program. TB kills 1.
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September 5, 2007 |
Claremont McKenna College has received a $20-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund about 13 full scholarships a year for students who double major in a science and a non-science to tackle societal issues, officials announced Tuesday. Using the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarships, students could combine, for example, biology and economics for a concentration in healthcare policy.