Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has received India's Indira Gandhi
Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, for his charitable
organization's work in the country.
Gates' foundation has committed nearly $1 billion for health and development projects in India, including AIDS prevention and the eradication of polio.
During an award ceremony Saturday in India's capital, New Delhi, Gates expressed optimism at India's ability to tackle some of the world's toughest health problems.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also spoke at the ceremony, praising Gates' contributions.
The prize is in memory of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984.