Friday, April 11, 2008

EXTRA PNS 10 Investigative: Ted Turner

Posted April 10, 2008 10:05 MT

Turner, Gates and Buffet in Africa?

Ted Turner and Warren Buffet partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help Africans in need. Turner and the Gates were seen getting off a private jet in Africa on Wednesday. While in Africa they met with local officials to discuss bringing health supplies and education to the area. The group is also working closely with the World Health Organization.

The partnership is hoping to join their efforts together to make a bigger impact. Although previously the two have slightly out donated each other, Bill Gates said, "we want to do the most good with the most dollars, it's not about out bidding." Bill is optimistic about the partnership purposed by Turner. "It's very encouraging," Gates said.

An African mayor, Malik Ok, who met with Bill, Melinda and Ted while they were in Africa said, "I like their approach because they want to give it [health supplies] to us and teach us so once they are gone we can keep using them." While contributions in the past have been helpful Ok commented that once organizations leave the people tend to slip back into old habits.

Ok's village was chosen to receive donations because they have a high percentage of various diseases that WOW, the Gates Foundation, Buffet, and Turner want to get rid of. Some diseases, such as small pox and measles, are very rare in other parts of the world. These can be completely eliminated with vaccinations and the correct sanitary education. The group also wants to educate on issues like HIV and AIDS which are also in high percentages in this area.

The Foundation and Turner will be holding a press conference in about two weeks to release exact details on the up coming project.

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