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U.S./world – Fighting AIDS – 2-year stint

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Signaling its heightened role in addressing global health issue, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has hired the director of AIDS-related programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a senior adviser for HIV/AIDS, The Wall Street Journal reported May 16.

Helene Gayle, who for six years has headed CDC’s main center dealing with AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis prevention, will leave her job on a temporary basis to work for the Seattle-based foundation for two years.

Dr. Gayle, known for boosting community-based HIV-prevention work, mainly for minorities and underserved groups, said will help private foundations team up with government to fight the worldwide AIDS epidemic, the Journal said.

She also plans to stay involved in talks with the United Nations to launch a new global AIDS fund.

The Gates Foundation pledged more than $300 million for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in 2000.

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