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"World News" anchor Diane Sawyer and Dr. Richard Besser, ABC's medical editor, are leading a new yearlong ABC News series on the diseases and health conditions that disproportionately affect the world's poorest people. Inadequate newborn care, malaria, polio, HIV, tuberculosis and a lack of critical vaccines are among the global topics to be covered.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving a $1.5 million grant that will help fund the cost of the series, and ABC News will invest more than $4.5 million in the project.
"We believe that great storytelling can inform decisions that could help to save lives," said Kate James, chief communications officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The series, called "Be the Change: Save a Life" will begin in December and continue throughout 2011. It will include reporting from all ABC News anchors across all broadcasts and platforms. Read more about the series on ABC's website.


Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.