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Bill Gates and African tycoon Aliko Dangote pledge $100-mln against malnutrition in Nigeria

Tech billionaire Bill Gates and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote on Thursday announced a $100-million scheme to end malnutrition in Nigeria.

SOUNDBITE: ALIKO DANGOTE, CEO of Dangote Group
“One of the biggest challenge confronting us as we work at reducing childhood death is to work on solving the problem of malnutrition in Nigeria.”

Despite rapid economic growth, Nigeria is home to the highest number of stunted children in Africa and the second highest globally.

SOUNDBITE: BILL GATES, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“For every child that dies there are about four to five who survive and yet because of malnutrition they never develop physically and mentally.”

Dangote and Gates have previously teamed up on polio eradication programs, which resulted in the country being taken off the global list of endemic countries last year.

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