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    A new study conducted by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), in partnership with five African countries and the Center for Global Development, has determined that HIV treatment costs are far lower than previously believed. This study provides new evidence that aggressive scale‐up of high‐quality treatment in developing countries is possible and sustainable.

    The study, the largest‐ever of its kind, was conducted at 161 health facilities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa over the course of 2011. It found that the average facility level cost of HIV treatment — which includes antiretrovirals (ARVs) and other drugs, laboratory tests, health worker salaries and other out‐patient costs — is an average of $200 per patient per year across the first four countries. In South Africa, the average is $682. (The difference was largely attributed to higher labor and laboratory costs in South Africa.)

    At the same time, CHAI announced that it has negotiated new price reductions of up to 30% with generic drug makers for some of the most important ARVs used today. The new prices, effective immediately, are available to more than 70 countries included in CHAI’s procurement consortium. This latest price reduction was achieved with the generous support of UNITAID, the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation also provided funding for the costing study.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/8692-bill-clinton-hiv-treatment-is-within-our-means


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    LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education, health, and social outcomes for thousands of youth in South Los Angeles, will honor Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President of Production Erik Feig, The California Endowment, and Univision at its 2012 Gala on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 pm at the Event Deck at LA Live.

    Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield will produce the evening, entitled “A Night of Magic.” The event, which traditionally features many special surprises, honors individuals, corporations and organizations that represent the spirit of education reform. The California Endowment President and CEO Dr. Robert Ross will accept his organization’s award, while Univision Communications will be represented by Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Community Relations.

    “This year’s honorees are all providing life-changing opportunities for students, teachers, and parents,” said LA’s Promise President and CEO Veronica Melvin. “Erik Feig began mentoring students in South LA almost 15 years ago and is one of our founding board members. The California Endowment has been an integral partner promoting increased health opportunities for our students and families. And Univision has put a much needed spotlight on K-12 education through their groundbreaking Es el momento campaign.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9061-las-promise-to-bring-a-night-of-magic-to-los-angeles


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    In his fifth annual letter, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights how setting clear goals and accurate measurement are key to improving the lives of poor people around the globe.

    Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visits a health clinic in Lucknow, India that provides prenatal and child health care services.
    Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visits a health clinic in Lucknow, India that provides prenatal and child health care services.

    “I know, it’s not the sexiest of themes, but the proof of its impact is undeniable,” Gates wrote. “The lives of the poorest have improved more rapidly in the last 15 years than ever before.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9636-bill-gates-highlights-goal-setting-in-fifth-annual-letter


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  • 02/04/13--03:30: Psy Supports Polio Campaign
  • South Korean pop star Psy has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary International’s “This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.

    Psy signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication.
    Psy signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication.

    Psy, whose world renowned “Gangnam Style” video has become the first in the history of the internet to reach and surpass one billion YouTube views, will help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world by raising his thumb and forefinger in the “this close” gesture in the ad with the tagline “we’re this close to ending polio.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9651-psy-supports-polio-campaign


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    At the TEDxWomen luncheon, Salma Hayek Pinault has announced CHIMEFORCHANGE, founded by Gucci, a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment.

    Video: Chime For Change: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Frida Giannini

    Representing fellow co-founders Frida Giannini and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as she launched the initiative, Hayek Pinault presented a short film that she narrates, with new music by Beyoncé, which introduced CHIMEFORCHANGE to the world. Hayek Pinault will also present the first of ten CHIMEFORCHANGE short films, an extended trailer for THESUPREMEPRICE produced and directed by Joanna Lipper.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9792-salma-hayek-and-beyonce-chime-for-change


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    Today, the first-ever U.S. We Day kicks off in Seattle with a remarkable lineup of speakers and performers, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, taking the stage to inspire 15,000 young people at the KeyArena at Seattle Center.

    An initiative of international charity and educational partner Free The Children, We Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, created to ignite students’ passion to be active global citizens.

    Surprising the electric crowd of students and teachers from nearly 400 middle and high schools across the state are today’s hottest, chart-topping artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as renowned singer and Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato, sending an inspiring live Skype message all the way from Moscow.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9931-magic-johnson-and-jennifer-hudson-kick-off-we-day-in-seattle


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    British-born actress Archie Panjabi, best known to millions of TV viewers as the sultry, enigmatic investigator Kalinda Sharma on the hit CBS series, “The Good Wife,” has teamed up with the humanitarian organization Rotary International to protect children everywhere by eradicating the paralyzing disease polio.

    And her involvement extends beyond simply lending her name and celebrity to a cause – she has witnessed the devastation caused by polio.

    “I grew up in London and at the age of 10, I moved to Mumbai for 2 years,” said Panjabi. “One of the things that struck me on my daily walk to school was seeing polio survivors crawling on the streets using just their hands.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/10231-archie-panjabi-travels-to-india-to-help-eradicate-polio


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    CHIMEFORCHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, has announced the launch of its storytelling platform, designed to shine a light on stories celebrating and spotlighting courageous girls and women around the world.

    Through a combination of short films and journalistic content, the powerful stories are centered on the individuals who live them, and aim to inspire conversation and community participation by raising awareness among a global audience.

    To mark the launch of the storytelling platform, CHIMEFORCHANGE, led by a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, has released five original short films, told through the lens of creative filmmakers who have been inspired to share previously untold compelling stories with the world. The films first premiered earlier this month during THESOUND OF CHANGELIVE concert event on June 1, which gathered together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. The films are available to view and download through the CHIMEFORCHANGE homepage www.chimeforchange.org and www.youtube.com/chimeforchange.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/10466-chime-for-change-launches-powerful-stories-of-women-around-the-world


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    CHIMEFORCHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, is pleased to announce that THESOUND OF CHANGELIVE concert event has helped raise funds to support 210 projects for girls and women across the globe.

    After VAT, the concert raised $3.9M USD to support projects in the three key focus areas of the CHIMEFORCHANGE campaign: Education, Health and Justice.

    The CHIMEFORCHANGE campaign, launched in February 2013, presented its first major fundraising event, THESOUND OF CHANGELIVE, a global concert held on 1 June at London’s Twickenham Stadium. The concert brought together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls and women. Headlined by CHIMEFORCHANGE co-founder Beyonce, the concert raised funds through ticket sales, mobile giving and online donations. Through Gucci’s underwriting of the concert event, each of the 50,000 concertgoers was able to donate the full value of their ticket price (less VAT and service fees) to projects of their choice.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/10515-chime-for-change-funds-210-projects-in-81-countries


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    Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's“This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.

    Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication
    Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication

    Star of many advertising campaigns, high fashion reference, Victoria Secret angel, and new face of L’Oreal for Latin America, Fontana has also an important role as mother of Zion, 10, and Lucas, 7. Attuned to the importance of vaccination, she supported the national immunization campaign in Brazil for the first time when she took her youngest son to get the oral polio vaccine drops directly from the Brazilian Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha at an event launching the 2011 national immunization campaign. Her interest in impacting the world and lives of children has continued to grow.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/10607-isabeli-fontana-joins-rotary-polio-eradication-campaign


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    Bill and Melinda Gates are to be awarded a prestigious Lasker Award for their contributions to public health.

    The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the recipients of the $250,000 prizes last Monday in preparation for the presentation ceremony, set to take place on Sept. 20, in New York City.

    The Lasker foundation chose to give the Gateses the public service award “for leading a historic transformation in the way we view the globe’s most pressing health concerns and improving the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/10770-bill-and-melinda-gates-to-receive-award-for-improving-lives


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    The $10 billion donation Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave to his foundation in January 2010 to distribute vaccines to children across the globe was the largest single charitable gift ever, according to the UK Daily Mail. Celebrities continue to use their influence and assets to help those who need the help the most. As the holidays approach, here are three celebrities who remind us all that it’s better to give than receive.

    Clinton Foundation

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been teasing the public by recently hinting she may run for president again in 2016. In the meantime Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton are using their time to further several causes through their foundation. The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation was founded in 2001 at the conclusion of his final term in the White House. Originally dubbed the William J. Clinton Foundation, it has contributed more than $230 million to several initiatives in 2012, according to financial statements. The largest expenditures went to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which aims to strengthen the health care system in developing countries and provide access to medicine to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/11131-celebrities-get-charitable-big-names-making-a-big-difference


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    On Saturday night at Sotheby’s in New York, a standing-room only crowd helped raise more than $26 million for The Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

    The star-studded audience gathered for The (RED) Auction celebrating design and innovation, which had been curated by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson in collaboration with musician and activist Bono. The sale exceeded all expectations totaling more than $13 million, which was matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    The high-energy salesroom saw a remarkable three lots bring more than $1.5 million, including the two items designed in their entirety by Jony and Marc – a unique Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, which sold for $1.8 million and a unique aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studio, which brought $1.7 million.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/11156-chris-martin-duets-with-bono-at-star-studded-charity-auction


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    Bill and Melinda Gates are supporting Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving on Dec. 3.

    As part of that movement, the Gates’ are highlighting four of the organizations they personally support, in an effort to help others who want to donate to effective charities this holiday giving season.

    Now in its second year, Giving Tuesday is a movement to add a national day of giving to the holiday calendar following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for the giving community to come together to support worthy causes and to encourage giving. During Giving Tuesday in 2012, online giving increased by nearly 50 percent from the previous year according to some measures, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday.

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/11180-bill-and-melinda-gates-select-four-charities-for-giving-tuesday


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    Bill Gates has taken a look at the last year, and compiled an uplifting list to offer hope for humanity in 2014.

    He posted on TheGatesNotes.com, saying:

    “If you measure progress by the number of children who die of preventable causes, or by the number of people who escape extreme poverty—as I do—then 2013 was definitely a good year.”

    More: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/11311-bill-gates-looks-at-2013s-successes


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    In philanthropist Bill Gates' 2014 annual letter for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he debunks three myths that he sees are hindering progress towards ending world poverty.

    Myth number one, he says, is that poor countries are doomed to stay poor. Gates says that over the past 50 years, there has been an enormous shift of developing countries into what he calls ‘middle income’ countries.

    “Don’t let anyone tell you that Africa is worse off today than it was 50 years ago,” he says. “Income per person has in fact risen in sub-Saharan Africa over that time. Seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies of the past half-decade are in Africa. Africa has also made big strides in health and education. Since 1960, the life span for women in sub-Saharan Africa has gone up from 41 to 57 years, despite the HIV epidemic. Without HIV it would be 61 years. The percentage of children in school has gone from the low 40s to over 75 percent since 1970. If getting enough to eat, going to school, and living longer are measures of a good life, then life is definitely getting better there. These improvements are not the end of the story; they’re the foundation for more progress.”

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/11431-bill-gates-debunks-myths-surrounding-poverty


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    On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd, for a period of just 24 hours, a new U2 song titled “Invisible” will be globally available via iTunes as a free download to benefit (RED).

    U2 Announces New Song Invisible Free For 24 Hours
    U2 Announces New Song Invisible Free For 24 Hours

    For every download, the Global Fund– via (RED) – will receive a $1 donation from Bank of America with the total donation dependent on how many people worldwide download the track. This new partnership sees Bank of America committing $10m to (RED), and has resulted in a $10 million match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as $1 million each from both SAP and South Africa’s Motsepe Family – bringing the total commitment to $22 million.



    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/11455-u2-offers-free-song-for-charity


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    The Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a new partnership to gather and analyze data about the status of women and girls’ participation around the world, as part of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings initiative.

    The partnership was announced during a discussion between Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Melinda Gates hosted by New York University and moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

    The partnership teams the Foundations to work with leading technology partners to collect these data and compile them into a compelling and publicly accessible review that will identify the progress that has been made, and the gaps that remain, in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It will also provide evidence of the strong connection between rights and opportunities for women and girls and prosperity, stability and security around the world.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/11547-clinton-foundation-and-gates-foundation-partner-to-measure-global-progress-for-women-and-girls


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    When Bill Gates was looking into what he could do in the world of philanthropy, he says he looked for problems to which governments weren’t already paying attention. That turned out, in the mid-90s, to be global health.

    “Children were dying of measles for lack of a vaccine that cost less than 25 cents,” Gates told Wired, “which meant there was a big opportunity to save a lot of lives relatively cheaply. The same was true of malaria.”

    Alternatively, one could tackle a highly funded problem from a unique angle. Take education, for example. Gates says that by using technology, he could provide videos of the best teachers to demonstrate their teaching techniques to others. For a fraction of what governments in the US were already spending, it was an effective tool not already being utilized.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/11590-bill-gates-gives-advice-on-how-to-help


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    A group of over 40 eminent individuals from around the world are today calling for a global effort to free the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped last month.

    In an open letter published today, the high level group of business, civil society and religious leaders, calls on the Nigerian authorities and international community to mobilise all necessary resources and expertise to help locate and free the missing girls.

    The letter says:

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/11967-eminent-figures-get-behind-effort-to-free-nigerian-schoolgirls


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