NEW YORK (AP)--At a World Economic Forum conference Saturday,
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates and Bono, the lead
singer of the rock group U2, planned to call on governments and
corporations to substantially increase their contributions for
global health programs.
"Expert consensus is developing that increasing health spending
is essential not only to improving the health of the world's
poorest people but also to promoting economic and social
progress," Gates said in a prepared statement before addressing
forum participants with Bono.
The two said money is needed in particular to provide more
funding in Africa to combat malaria and AIDS, and the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation announced it would donate $50 million to
help prevent the spread of HIV .
"It is an international scandal and a moral outrage that clear
plans to put kids in school, train nurses and provide essential
medicines are not being funded," Bono said in his prepared