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Gates' launch $1 million 'next generation condom' fund

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has offered a $1 million reward to anyone who can create the ‘next generation condom’.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are offering to pay $100,000 in start-up costs to an inventor who modernises the “life-saving tool”, while promising to provide further funding of up to $1 million.

Bill Gates Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

The search was launched as part of the foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health research initiative.

It is hoped that a new condom will lead to substantial benefits for global including the prevention of disease as well as improving contraception rates.

IF: The G8 could 'turn the tide' on hunger

One of the biggest campaigns in a decade to end world hunger is being launched today, by a hundred charities across the UK.

Talking about the IF campaign to ITV Daybreak, Brendan Cox explained how previous campaigns have made amazing progress, but the one area that does need work is hunger.

He said the world's food supply needs to be redistributed and the G8 could be the moment the UK 'turns the tide' on this.


Biggest hunger campaign in almost a decade

A campaign to end world hunger and poverty is being backed by charities and celebrities across the UK.

The 'Enough Food For Everyone If' appeal is the biggest attempt in almost a decade to try and end world hunger.

Celebrities such as pop band One Direction, Actor Orlando Bloom and Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky have appeared in an advert about the campaign.

IF: 'We need a concerted effort from governments'

Multi charity coalition IF claims that tackling the 'corporation tax gap' by multinational companies could help developing countries to raise enough revenue every day to save the lives of 230 children under five.

We should be proud of the great strides we are taking as a world to reduce poverty and tackle infectious diseases, but it is still the reality that more people die each year from hunger than from Aids, malaria and TB combined.

In a world where there is enough food for everyone, this is nothing short of a scandal.

We need a concerted effort from governments, civil society and philanthropists to tackle the root causes of this problem and together build a world where no child has to go hungry.

– Ben Jackson, chairman of the IF coalition

Calls for Cameron to tackle hunger issues through G8

The IF campaign will be formally launched tonight in London, a multi charity campaign aiming to end world hunger and poverty.

Backed by a hundred charities, the IF coalition is asking for Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle four main issues through the G8:

  • Stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars
  • Ensure governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers
  • Make governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger
  • Force governments and investors to be "honest and open" about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food

IF: One in eight people go to bed hungry every night

Despite there being enough food in the world to feed everyone, one in eight women, men and children go to bed hungry every night.

A report from charity coalition IF, which aims to combat world hunger and poverty, claims that nearly 940 million young people will see their life chances permanently damaged by the impact of childhood hunger by 2025.

The coalition is made up of a hundred British charities, backing the campaign to put an end to world hunger.


Desmond Tutu: 'Hunger is not an incurable disease'

Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town and long-serving human rights campaigner, is backing a multi charity campaign to end world hunger.

Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes to bed hungry.

We can stop mothers from starving themselves to feed their families. We can save lives.

We can do all of this, if we are prepared to do something about it. If we challenge our leaders to take action. If they listen to us.

It's time the world's decision-makers came to the right decision on hunger.

It's time to end the unnecessary suffering caused by the failure of the current food system. We can make hunger a thing of the past if we act now.

– Desmond Tutu

Celebrities back one of the biggest world hunger campaigns

An anti-hunger campaign will be launched in London tonight, warning that almost a billion young people could see themselves in poverty in 2025.

The IF campaign has released a report stating that much of the good work done over the past decade to help people out of poverty is at risk of being undone.

Actor Bill Nighy will attend the launch at Somerset House in London tonight Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Celebrities Bill Nighy and Keeley Hawes are behind the campaign, that is urging Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK's G8 presidency, to help combat world hunger.

Actress Keeley Hawes will feature among other celebrities at the IF campaign launch Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The report claims that malnutrition could cost developing countries an annual $125 billion (£78 billion) in lost economic output by 2030.

Charities tweet support of world poverty campaign

One hundred development and faith British charities are backing a campaign to end world hunger and poverty.

The charities are urging Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK's G8 presidency in 2013 to tackle causes of hunger in the developing world.

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