Saturday, January 28, 2006

Gates Pledges $900 Million for TB Research

From -- "Bill Gates pledged Friday to triple his foundation's funding for eradicating tuberculosis to $900 million, and health experts at the World Economic Forum urged renewed caution against the spread of bird flu.

The funding is part of a larger campaign against TB, which killed 1.6 million people worldwide last year. Gates, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and British treasury chief Gordon Brown called for help to prevent 14 million tuberculosis deaths over the next decade.

"This is a very tough disease," said Gates, the Microsoft Corp. chairman and co-founder. "It is going to take all of us _ private sector, the pharmaceutical companies, philanthropy and governments in countries that have the disease _ to participate as well."

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No matter what your thoughts are towards Microsoft and Bill Gates, what he is doing is a good thing. He may be filthy rich, but he seems to have a good heart. Well done Bill!

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