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Rethinking Sanitation Systems On World Water Day

“In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water, and people have embraced the entire week in an attempt to shine the spotlight on the global water issues,” Carl Hensman, a program officer in the water, sanitation, and hygiene program at the Bill &…

Bill Gates Reflects On Visit To Ghana To Learn About Immunization Program

“I arrive in Ghana today to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Ghana’s approach works so well for a few key reasons: Rigorous…

Bill Gates Tours Ghana’s Health System, Discusses Polio Eradication

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is currently in Ghana to assess the country’s health systems,” Ventures Africa reports. Gates “touched down in Accra March 25, 2013, and says he is in Ghana to get firsthand information on why the country’s immunization system is working so…

Examining Non-Traditional Development Assistance

“A new aid landscape is emerging that increasingly involves a smaller role for traditional donors like the U.S. government and the World Bank,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in Humanosphere. “Non-traditional development assistance (NTDA) is carried out by new groups and individuals in ways that are different and in some…

Bill Gates Recounts Tour Of Ghana’s Health Systems

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, foundation co-chair Bill Gates recounts his recent trip to Ghana, where he “got to watch an effective health system in action — from the decision makers at the national level to nurses who live and work in the villages.”…

More Concrete Data Would Improve Development Investment Results

Victoria Vrana, senior program officer on the Charitable Sector Support team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that “comprehensive sources of hard data on the issues, the solutions, and the organizations working to meet the tough challenges of our time” would assist…

GPEI Announces ‘Endgame’ Plan To Eradicate Polio By 2018

“A new global plan aims to end most cases of polio by late next year, and essentially eradicate the paralyzing disease by 2018 — if authorities can raise the $5.5 billion needed to do the work, health officials said Tuesday,” the Associated Press reports (Neergaard, 4/2). “The new plan, endorsed by…

Post-2015 Must Address Poverty, Food Security

Mark Suzman, managing director for international policy, programs and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Last week saw two key events related to the Millennium Development Goals: the kickoff on April 5 of an ambitious global campaign focused on accelerating progress over the…

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