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Gates Foundation’s Stance On UHC Is Ambiguous, Blog Suggests

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the ambiguity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s stance on universal health coverage. Paulson writes, “The Gates Foundation, despite its claim to have no position, is seen by many as skeptical of making universal health coverage…

Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent The Toilet Challenge’ Exhibits Progress For WASH In India

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Doulaye Koné, senior program officer for sanitation technologies and tools at the foundation, discusses progress made in and future steps for the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India” (RTTC), a program aimed at developing safe and affordable sanitation. After visiting New…

Continued Leadership On PEPFAR, Global Fund Critical To Achieving AIDS-Related Goals

“The world has made huge progress against HIV in the past decade, thanks in large part to American leadership. Last week, Congress continued that commitment by confirming Ambassador Deborah Birx as the head of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” Michael Deich, director of policy and government affairs…

Gates Foundation, World Bank, Other Donors Commit $240M To NTDs

News outlets discuss new funding efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases, as well as a new report on access to treatments. Agence France-Presse: Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment “At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of ‘neglected’ tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are…

Gates, Tahir Foundations, Others To Form Indonesia Health Fund

News outlets report on the planned establishment of the Indonesia Health Fund, aimed at helping to expand health care access in the country. Jakarta Globe: Bill Gates to Visit Jakarta for New Health Fund “Microsoft founder Bill Gates will visit Jakarta on April 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding…

Blogs Discuss Challenges, Progress Made In NTD Efforts

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog highlights an event that took place in Paris on Wednesday where global leaders convened to discuss progress made in NTD efforts. The event “coincided with the release of a new report highlighting gains over the past two years ……

Public, Private Firms Investing In African Health, Manufacturing, R&D

Media sources discuss recent efforts by public and private entities to invest in African health, manufacturing, and research and development. Financial Times: Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa “Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the…

Grand Challenges Exploration Seeks New Tools, Models For Improving Gut Function

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Elliot, a senior program officer on the Discovery and Translational Sciences team at the foundation, discusses the foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE) Round 12 call for proposals on “ideas about tools and models to enable us to better develop…

Gates Says Economic Growth Linked With Women’s Empowerment

LiveMint: Growing economies linked with women’s empowerment: Gates “Countries will treat their women better if there is economic growth, Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of global health think tank Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said on Monday. … He was answering a question about how to approach empowerment of women…

Melinda Gates Discusses The Power Of Mothers

Huffington Post: Bring Every Good Thing to Our Children Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world. Whenever I…