Gates Foundation Rearranges Public Health Universe

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Science  15 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5562, pp. 2000
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5562.2000

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON-- Since 1999, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have created the world's largest philanthropy, with current assets of $24.2 billion, and improving the health of the world's poor is at the top of its agenda. So far, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $2.5 billion on global health--more than twice the annual budget of the World Health Organization. The foundation has rearranged the public health universe so speedily that many have yet to comprehend the change.