Wednesday, January 26, 2005 | Global health | Global health: "The world�s richest charity confronts the health of the world�s poorest people


THREE-QUARTERS of a billion dollars is a lot of almost anybody�s money. Almost anybody, that is, except Bill Gates. Even for him it is scarcely small change. That, however, is the size of the donation announced this week by the foundation that bears his name and that of Melinda, his wife. The money is going to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
The Gates foundation is the richest charity in the world. Its endowment is worth $28 billion. Its annual income is that of a small country. And its founders are on a mission. The more "

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