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LDS Church gives $1.5 million to African immunization charity

June 13, 2012
source: All Africa

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MR says: Hundreds of members in Africa also donated hundreds of hours to help GAVI with health initiatives.

The GAVI Alliance today commended the leadership and generosity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its US$ 1.5 million gift and the volunteer work of LDS members to support immunisation programmes through the GAVI Alliance.

The donation will be doubled as part of the GAVI Matching Fund by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making the Church-sponsored LDS Charities the seventh public-private partner in the programme. Under the GAVI Matching Fund, the Gates Foundation and the British Government have agreed to match contributions to GAVI from corporations, foundations, their customers, employees, business partners and members to raise US$ 260 million for immunisation through 2015.

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