Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Some 60% of foundation's resources are committed to global health programs, particularly in developing countries, focused mainly on the prevention of infectious diseases and the promotion of reproductive and child health. Particular areas of concern include HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and vaccine research and production. Support for American education is also significant, with programs frequently aimed at raising high school graduation rates; educational assistance is offered through school and research grants, professional development programs, scholarships, and other projects. Other programs provide libraries with Internet-ready computers, support endeavors benefitting the Pacific Northwest, and fund special projects.
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