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MAY 22, 2003

$30 Million Research Effort to Develop New Tests for Deadly Infectious Diseases

GENEVA -- In response to the critical need for new tools to detect infectious diseases, the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a new initiative focused on developing new diagnostic tests for the world’s most deadly diseases. The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) will work in collaboration with WHO/TDR, the diagnostics industry and other organizations to apply the latest biotechnology innovations to develop and validate affordable diagnostic tests for diseases of the developing world. The Gates Foundation has committed up to $30 million over the next five years to the initiative.

JANUARY 27, 2006

$3 Million Grant Awarded to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies has received a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support innovative social science and community-specific research that is expected to lead to the creation of more successful HIV prevention efforts in Nigeria.

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