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End of polio in sight

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- As the world gets ready to observe the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the polio vaccine, experts think total eradication of the disease is near.

Low-tech methods could save many newborns

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- An international panel of public-health experts has concluded that 3 million of the 4 million newborn babies who die worldwide each year could be saved by low-tech and low-cost medical interventions.
PHILIPP HEINZ

Microsoft's Gates is knighted

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Besides being the world's richest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates Wednesday added another title to his name when he was knighted by British Queen Elizabeth II.

Oprah gave $50 million to charity in 2004

CHICAGO, March 1 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey's fans know how generous she is giving away gifts as big as new cars, but the talk show queen gave more than $50 million to charity last year.

Foundations issue grant for school reforms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Six leading foundations joined Monday in a $42 million initiative to overhaul U.S. high schools.

Gates gives $750 million for immunization

GENEVA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The director-general of the World Health Organization is praising a $750 million gift to global immunization from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

AIDS coalition outlines vaccine strategy

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The scientific plan of an international AIDS coalition, which includes U.S. government agencies, was published Tuesday in PLoS Medicine.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg to sell media company

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may sell his financial information company Bloomberg L.P. and create a foundation, the New York Post reports.

Companies step up on tsunami help

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- President Bush may have bristled at suggestions that the United States is being stingy in coming up with aid for the tsunami victims across Asia and Africa. But
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

NYC eyes Chicago for charter school models

CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A New York City educator is making a detailed study of Chicago's Noble Street Charter High School in hopes of replicating it in the East Bronx.

Bill Gates' father says his son is lucky

NEW DELHI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The father of Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates told Indian reporters he attributes much of his billionaire son's success to luck.

U.S. has AIDS money it can't donate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The United States is in the awkward position of having to withhold donations to fight AIDS worldwide because other nations have donated too little.

Bill Gates to give foundation $3 billion

SEATTLE, July 20 (UPI) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has pledged about $3 billion expected from a one-time special stock dividend to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Analysis: Spending AIDS money is dilemma

BANGKOK, July 19 (UPI) -- The XV International AIDS Conference has closed in much the same way as the previous two -- Nelson Mandela made a stirring call to arms, children sang and delegates lit candles in a darkened arena.
MICHAEL SMITH and ED SUSMAN, United Press International

Gates gives $50 million in disease fight

BANGKOK, July 16 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is giving a $50 million grant to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Botswana AIDS plan proves critics wrong

BANGKOK, July 15 (UPI) -- The critics warned that widespread treatment of people with AIDS in Africa could not work, but organizers of a Botswana program said statistics released Thursday at the XV International AIDS Conference prove the naysayers wrong.
ED SUSMAN, United Press International

India gives vaccines a shot in the arm.

CALCUTTA, India, May 6 (UPI) -- While most U.S.-based multinationals drug companies have stopped developing new vaccines -- instead focusing on big-dollar "blockbuster" drugs -- India which is
INDRAJIT BASU, UPI Business Correspondent

Bill Gates gives India $200M to fight AIDS

MYSORE, India, May 3 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $200 million for AIDS prevention in India, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

A 32-year-old New York City man convicted of slashing a woman's face to the bone cried for his mother as he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Sir Bill Gates, sort of ...

LONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom has decided to honor Bill Gates, for both his development of computer software and his world philanthropy, the BBC reported Monday.

WHO releases plan to address AIDS

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization and UNAIDS released its plan Monday to provide anti-retroviral treatment to 3 million people living with AIDS by 2005.

Dell, Gates contribute to Texas schools

DALLAS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Computer giants Michael Dell and Bill Gates will join Texas in a $130 million initiative to boost high school graduation rates and college attendance.

AIDS: A few, scattered rays of sunshine

The last in a series of UPI articles examining the global AIDs epidemic. Even though the statistics remain mind-numbing, there are signs not all is lost. The disease yet may be controlled -- not only in the West but in those nations of Africa and Asia whe
ED SUSMAN, UPI Science News

Bill Gates gives $51 million for schools

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $51 million grant to create 67 small and challenging high schools in the New York City region.

Gates foundation funds go to the poorest

REDMOND, Wash., July 13 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has distributed $6 billion since its founding four years ago, has pledged half of that to the developing world.
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