Gates Foundation Sponsors Journalists' Coverage Of World Health Issues

01/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A major limitation on journalists covering global health is the cost: getting to a story can mean airfare to Africa or Asia, hotels, Jeep rentals, satellite phones, translators, sometimes even armed guards.

Meanwhile, many news organizations are cutting back.

Now the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which spends billions on global health, is taking a direct route to ensuring coverage.

Last week, "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" received a Gates Foundation grant of $3.5 million to help its correspondents produce 40 to 50 reports over three years on malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, measles, neglected diseases and other global health issues.

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