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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A new report from the Gates Foundation says that the death rate from HIV could rise (in pink) if aid to Africa is cut. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a stark warning this morning: if governments, particularly the U.S., were to cut their foreign aid budgets, millions of people would die from HIV, childhood illnesses, childbirth, and malaria. Most of the report is worded in the foundation’s typical, glass-half-full language – Bill & Melinda like to call themselves “impatient optimists” – but it gives clear numbers showing the terrible result if current programs aren’t supported. Those numbers are bracing. Take, for instance, in HIV. The report is ... Full story

13 September