Bill Gates pledges to scale up support to Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 25 July 2014 (WIC) - Bill Gates, the founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pledged on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to further consolidate his support towards reducing maternal and child mortality and preventing malaria in Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held talks with the Vice Chairman and founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he thanked the philanthropist for the assistance he has been extending to the health sector through the foundation.

Ethiopia is working hard to achieve its millennium development goal in health sector and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is playing a major role in this, the PM said.

He further expressed his belief that the foundation would stand alongside the government in its social development endeavors, beyond health.

Bill Gates said on his part Ethiopia’s success in the health sector effort in particular can be taken as a role model for other African countries.

He finally pledged to scale up his support in the agriculture and health sectors as the assistance is bearing fruit in Ethiopia.(ENA)