Gates Foundation to Boost Indian State’s Health Sector

Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo by: Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC 2.0 Thomas HawkCC BY-NC 2.0

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help Bihar eradicate polio, tuberculosis and kalaazar under a memorandum signed between the foundation and the Indian state’s government.

The memorandum, according Indo-Asian News Service, covers a five-year period and commits the Gates Foundation to assisting Bihar’s state government in implementing health projects in selected districts.

Gates said his foundation will also undertake initiatives to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in the eastern Indian state.

The Gates Foundation founder was in Bihar to assess the progress of a polio eradication campaign that the charity is helping to fund, The Associated Press reports.

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