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Viernes, 26 de septiembre de 2003 - 15:49 GMT
Gates apoya la guerra contra la malaria
Bill Gates y su esposa Melinda en un centro de salud en Mozambique.
Bill Gates y su esposa Melinda en un centro de salud en Mozambique.

The founder of the Microsoft software company Bill Gates has given 168,000,000 dollars to help in the fight against malaria. Around 1,000,000 people a year are killed by the disease, mostly in Africa, and numbers are growing due to increasing drug resistance. This report from the BBC's Southern Africa correspondent, Barnaby Phillips:

Bill Gates, along with his wife Melinda, visited a malaria treatment and research centre north of the Mozambican capital Maputo.

Mr Gates said that malaria is robbing Africa of its people and potential. United Nations officials warn that malaria does not only inflict terrible suffering, it's also damaging Africa's economies.

The grant from the Bill Gates Foundation will help to fund the search for a vaccine as well as develop new drugs and new preventative measures to fight the mosquito-borne disease.

Malaria and AIDS both kill thousands of African children each day.

Barnaby Phillips, BBC

malaria treatment and research centre
centro de tratamiento e investigación de la malaria

robbing
robando

potential
potencial

inflict
infligir

grant
donación

Foundation
Fundación

to fund
financiar

preventative measures
medidas preventivas

mosquito-borne
transmitido por mosquitos



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