The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will channel another $5 billion into causes in Africa over the next five years, with health being a major focus, writes the Associated Press. Bll Gates announced the effort Sunday in delivering the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Pretoria, South Africa.
The world's largest grant maker has invested more than $9 billion in Africa to date. Mr. Gates, in the country to attend a global AIDS conference that began Monday, said that without more creative ways to treat and prevent HIV, "the hard-earned gains made against HIV in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 15 years could actually be reversed."
The speech focused largely on youth and achieving ambitious global development goals, but Mr. Gates sounded a sharp note on global warming, saying, "I get angry when I see that Africa is suffering the worst effects of climate change, although Africans had almost nothing to do with causing it."