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Microsoft founder Bill Gates will give $41 million to Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide to help fight baby and mother death rates in developing countries.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will fund an initiative that will field-test new ways to deliver maternal, newborn and child health solutions in six countries in Africa and South Asia.

“Half a million women die every year in childbirth, the majority in developing countries,” said Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide. “The whole point of this is to look for breakthroughs.”

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing suffering and ending extreme poverty. Since the beginning, over 40 years ago, their focus has been on improving the lives of the poorest people.

The initiative will begin in Sierra Leone and Malawi, where one in every 18 women dies during pregnancy or childbirth. For more information about the charity, click here.

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