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'Be the Change: Save a Life'–ABC News To Broadcast Yearlong Global Health Series With Help In the Form of A Grant From the

Posted Oct 06 2010 9:30pm

The last couple of days the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the news quite a bit and the recent 60 Minutes expose on their efforts was great as they have not had a lot of press and somewhat wanted it that way.  image

ABC News has committed over $4 Million for the project and the Gates Foundation is adding another $1.5 Million for the cause.  Medical correspondent Richard Besser, MD will be examining diseases and health conditions that affect some of the world’s poorest people.  Dr. Besser has 18 years as a health expert at the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention and joined ABC last year.  Some of the efforts here in the US include buying time on television for the purpose of better shows and those that offer some educational value and most non profits have to wait for time available, not the Foundation, they bought the time which shows a level of commitment and importance. 

Back on track, ABC news will be open for those who care to contribute solutions and volunteers for those who want to get involved.  A couple posts from the past somewhat indicate where the Gates Foundation is headed and their levels of commitment.  BD 

Bill Gates Invests In Software Company That Predicts and Helps Generate Creating New Drugs

Gates Foundation Sold Off Almost All of Their Pharma, Biotech and HealthCare Investment Stocks

ABC News today announced a yearlong project to focus attention on the diseases and health conditions that disproportionately afflict the world's poorest people . The series, "Be the Change: Save a Life," will kick off in December and continue throughout 2011. Led by "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser , the series will include reporting from all ABC News anchors across all broadcasts and platforms.

An ABC News website for "Be the Change: Save a Life" will be devoted to gathering stories, offering solutions, and acting as a clearing-house for people who want to know more, get involved, or volunteer.

ABC News will invest more than $4.5 million in the series, covering personnel and production. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving a $1.5 million grant that will specifically help fund overseas travel and foreign production costs. As with all reporting and sponsorships, ABC News has complete editorial control over the content of the series.

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