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Bill Gates meets Adityanath, to extend his NGO’s cooperation to fight diseases in UP 

Bill and Melinda Gates foundation renewed and expanded the understanding for cooperation with the UP government for five more years

india Updated: Nov 17, 2017 18:52 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Bill Gates speaks at a programme in New Delhi on Thursday, a day he met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (Sanchit Khanna/HT )

Microsoft founder Bill Gates held a long meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday when they agreed to extend and expand welfare projects being carried out by the charity that Gates runs along with his wife.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will continue for another five years its assistance to the state government, and will join hands in fighting Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), diseases that claim the lives of hundreds of children every year.

BMGF has been helping out in those efforts since 2012 when they formed a five-year understanding with the then administration. In addition to renewing the pact, the BMGF will now also help strengthen the National Institute of Virology’s regional field station in Gorakhpur and provide technical help to improve soil in order to help better farm incomes.

The CM said informed Gates about the immunisation programme launched by his government that has covered over 92 lakh children this year.

BMGF has also agreed to help in fighting Kala-azar in Kushinagar district.

A spokesperson said BMGF would provide soil testing technology spectroscopy to support the state government’s endeavour of increasing income of famers.

An official spokesman said while Gates left to attend a programme on farmers in Andhra Pradesh, meetings between the state government and BMGF officers were still on to give final touches to the memorandum on the scope of cooperation.

First Published: Nov 17, 2017 15:25 IST