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Bill Gates to Apply Vietnam Immunization Program

HANOI - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates hopes techniques from Vietnam's childhood immunization program can assist fight killer illness in Africa, state media reported Tuesday.

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda came to hospitals, spoke with health care representatives and held a personal meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a three-day stay to the communist country ending Tuesday.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a war chest that contain almost 30 billion dollars contributed by the high-tech tycoon, funds HIV/ AIDS study and vaccinations against malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases.

Bill and Melinda said they was amaze with Vietnam's immunization record and promised more support in stopping childhood diseases and handle HIV/AIDS, said the state-run Vietnam News Agency.

The World Health Organization says Vietnam has one of the highest rates of immunized children in the planet, with more than 90 percent of under-ones vaccinated against foremost diseases.

In June previous year the non-profit health group PATH proclaimed a five-year study, funded with a 27.8 million dollar donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on cervical cancer vaccinations.

Seattle-based PATH said it would perform pilot studies in India, Vietnam, Uganda and Peru with the aim of introducing vaccines in opposition to the illness that kills more than 270,000 women worldwide every year.