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Accurate, Accessible Data Essential To Tackling Global Health Challenges

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Knowledge is Power: Sharing Information Can Accelerate Global Health Impact Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the importance of accurate and accessible data in global health, and announces the foundation’s adoption of “an Open Access…

Gates Foundation Pledges $5.7M Toward Ebola Treatment Trials

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s pledge of $5.7 million to test experimental Ebola treatments in West Africa. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a program to increase production of experimental Ebola…

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Clean, Safe Toilets In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Spirit of Swachh Bharat: Safe Sanitation for Women and Girls Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the lack of clean and safe toilets in India, the impact on women and girls, and a citizen movement…

India’s Vaccine Delivery Scale Up Shows Commitment To Future Generations

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Commitment to India’s Children Raj Ghosh, deputy director of India vaccine delivery at the Gates Foundation India, discusses the Indian government’s plan to scale up pentavalent vaccine delivery to all states and introduce several other vaccines by 2015. The plan “is a…

Pfizer, Development Organizations To Expand Injectable Contraceptive Access In Developing Countries

News outlets report on an announcement that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in collaboration with development organizations, will expand access to its injectable contraceptive for women in developing countries. New York Times: Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World “Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every…

Investing In Local Leaders ‘Most Promising Strategy’ To Save Lives Of Mothers, Children

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Why Are Women and Children Still Dying? Denise Raquel Dunning, founder and executive director of Let Girls Lead and Champions For Change, writes, “…Saving the lives of women and children takes financial resources, political will, and savvy advocates who are undaunted by the…

Increased Health Care Spending In India Has Potential Individual, Societal Benefits

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Economics of Health in India Girindre Beeharry, director of the Gates Foundation’s India Country office, discusses health care financing in India and the potential benefits of increased spending on the household and macro levels (11/6).