Gates’ boost for Midlothian charity

Philanthropist Bill Gates has donated millions of pounds of funding to a Midlothian-based animal welfare charity.

The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) has received more than £31.2 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

The cash will allow the charity, based at Pentlands Science Park, to increase access to livestock vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for those in developing countries.

GALVmed’s interim chief executive Professor Peter Wells said: “Across the developing world, livestock are an essential means of funding the most basic needs including food, education and healthcare. We are working to protect livestock and save human lives and livelihoods by making livestock vaccines, diagnostics and medicines accessible and affordable to the millions in developing countries for whom livestock is a lifeline.”

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