Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has announced that his foundation will be donating $33 million in charity to help fight tuberculosis in China. Through the joint partnership between the Chinese government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, there will be new tests and treatments for tuberculosis offered in China.
The new program will be tested in six provinces before expanding the program to over 100 million people within 5 years. Tuberculosis kills over 200,000 people per year in China. China accounts for 15% of everyone that is infected with the disease.
In the pilot program, there will be several tests that shrink the diagnosis time from weeks to hours. This will be especially noticeable in cases where forms of TB are able to resist the traditional treatments.