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Brazil, Gates Foundation sign deal on preterm births

Published on Feb 27, 2013 6:11 AM
 
US business magnate Bill Gates during the inauguration of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Texcoco, Mexico State, on Feb 13, 2013. Brazil and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Tuesday a deal to earmark US$8 million (S$9.9 million) for projects to reduce premature births nationwide. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Brazil and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Tuesday a deal to earmark US$8 million (S$9.9 million) for projects to reduce premature births nationwide.

More than 10 per cent of infants born in Brazil arrive prematurely. Brazil is among 15 countries with the highest number of premature births in the world, according to data from the World Health Organisation and the Health Ministry.

The main cause of death for infants under the age of seven days is linked to preterm birth.

"We are going to mobilise the scientific community with innovative projects to help the country resolve this problem, with solutions having a global impact," said Mr Carlos Gadelha, a health ministry official as he announced the accord here.

 
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