bill-gates-foundation-photo.jpgThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion on Monday in a joint push with the United Nations to improve the health of women and children.

“That is in addition to grants that we already make in vaccines, diarrhea, malaria,” Melinda Gates told reporters.

The UN is launching a lobbying effort to get governments and other non-profit groups on board.

The money will fund a comprehensive approach to help women deliver babies safely and plan healthy families with access to contraception, while incorporating current vaccination and nutrition programs.

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