MEDIA DIGEST, 7 October: Bill Gates, anti-cancer eating and bad news for dementia sufferers

Third Sector's round-up of today's top stories, including a lucrative grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an Edinburgh-based charity, an anti-breast cancer eating guide and the results of a survey from the Alzheimer's Society.

Farming charity to receive cash from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates is joining forces with the UK Department for International Development to pledge a share of £16m over three years to GALVmed (the Global Alliance for Livestock Vetinary Medicines). Steve Sloan, chef executive of GALVmed, said the donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be "one of the biggest grants ever made to a not-for-profit organisation". GALVmed is an Edinburgh-based charity that works to develop vaccines to eradicate debilitating livestock diseases.
See The Sunday Herald for full story

Charity produces anti-breast cancer eating guide
The Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation has produced a healthy eating guide that it says could help prevent breast cancer. A Fighting Chance has been launched to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and forms part of the charity's One in Nine Campaign, which recognises the fact that one in nine women will get breast cancer.
See Chronice Live for full story

Alzheimer's Society laments treatment of sufferers
The Alzheimer's Society has said that sufferers' lives are being made much harder as a result of the stigma attached to the condition. The charity recently surveyed 4,000 members of the public and conducted in-depth interviews with 62 people in the UK, 32 of whom had dementia. Sufferers revealed that neighbours often crossed the street to avoid them. The organisation also found that on some occasions, doctors dismissed symptoms as a sign of old age.
See BBC News for full story

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