$30M for India – Focus on health, learning

Announcing $30 million in gifts for health and learning in India, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said health is his top charitable priority, Reuters reported Sept. 14.

“You can’t find the cause that is as … important as that (health),” Gates told the news agency.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes $1 billion in grants each year, with 60 percent focused on health and 30 percent focused on education, learning and access to technology, Gates said.

Technology, he said, “is an interesting area for me and one that’s quite important but it is number two after health care.”

Gates, on a one-day visit to India, announced a $25 million grant from his foundation to help the government of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh with a comprehensive immunization program.

He also announced a $5 million grant for the Gandhi Institute of Computer Education to assist computer training for 50,000 underprivileged youngsters a year.

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