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Donors Commit $240 Million to Fight Neglected Diseases

Bill Gates, the World Bank and other donors are stepping up efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases in Africa and other low-income regions with a $240 million injection of new funding. The new money follows a pledge by 13 drugmakers two years ago to donate medicines to tackle 10 parasitic and bacterial infections — such as river blindness, Guinea worm and sleeping sickness — that threaten one in six people worldwide. Microsoft founder Gates and international agencies announced the...

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