Gates Foundation invests $45M to boost nutrition in Burkina Faso

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates speaks at Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2017 in New York City. Goalkeepers is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to highlight progress against global poverty and disease, showcase solutions to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) and foster bold leadership to help accelerate the path to a more prosperous, healthy and just future. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

The Gates Foundation will invest $45 million in nutrition and family planning programs in Burkina Faso, Melinda Gates said on Tuesday during a visit to the capital Ouagadougou.

Bill Gates “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest $45 million (23.5 billion FCFA) over three years in various programs to improve the nutrition and health of women and children in Burkina Faso,” said the foundation in a statement. The bulk of the money, $34 million, aims to fund programs that promote nutrition in infants and young children and improve access to healthy, affordable diets. Ten million dollars will be allocated to contraceptive programs to help women plan and space their pregnancies. Burkina Faso, one of the least developed countries in the world, has great difficulty in controlling its population, which is growing at a rate of about 3 percent per year. Melinda Gates said investing in women will help to improve the lives of families. She also announced a funding initiative for contraceptives in nine African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Money invested by their governments will be matched, up to $15 million.

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