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June 7th, 2018 / Pulse, Nigeria

American billionaire, Bill Gates, has lent support to 12 countries in Africa in battling Cassava Brown Streak Virus Disease, a disease that causes $100 million loss annually across the continent.

Gates, according to a report by The Guardian, is supporting the cause through his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Delegates from the 12 African countries with support from Gates Foundation and the West African Virus Epidemiology will meet in Cotonou, the Benin Republic from Thursday, June 7, 2018, to Saturday, June 9, 2018, to discuss joint actions towards responding to the threat of Cassava Viral Diseases (CVD), ravaging the continent.

Convened by the government of Benin Republic in partnership with the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) Program, the high-level meeting is poised to nip the Cassava Brown Streak Virus Disease in the bud before impending spread. Read more