Posted by: audreybenenati | April 15, 2010

Gates Foundation cuts funding linked to tobacco companies

Article By Katherine Griwert On April – 14 – 2010

Some people may wonder why a board member for a unit of one of the world’s largest tobacco companies would plan a campaign for tobacco control in Africa. Bill and Melinda Gates certainly thought it seemed like a conflict of interest.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation withdrew a $5.2 million grant to the InternationalDevelopmentResearchCenter for planned tobacco control work in Africa after learning that chairwoman Barbara J. McDougall has served as a Director of Imperial Tobacco Canada.

…Rachel Kitonyo, chairwoman of the African Tobacco Control Alliance, praised the decision. She believes McDougall’s participation would have threatened the integrity of the program as the tobacco industry "seeks to avoid, delay, dilute and defeat laws and policies designed to reduce tobacco use" around the world.

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