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Blog Posts Highlight Maternal, Child Health Efforts In Nepal, Rwanda

Two “Impatient Optimists” blog posts discuss maternal and child health. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Saving Lives in Nepal Praveen Mishra, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal, discusses factors that contribute to Nepal’s success in maternal and…

Essay Contest Calls For New Ideas On Delivering Foreign Assistance

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reimagining Aid: A Call for Fresh Thinking Gargee Ghosh, director of development policy and finance at the Gates Foundation, discusses the Global Development Network’s (GDN) recently launched “Next Horizons Essay Contest on The Future of Development Assistance.” She notes, “They are looking for…

Melinda Gates Discusses Gates Foundation’s Leadership Role

SPIEGEL Online: Interview with Melinda Gates: ‘Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect’ “…In a SPIEGEL interview, Melinda Gates explains [her and her husband's, Bill Gates,] start in philanthropy, the challenges of combating disease in conflict zones, and the unique responsibility of the wealthy…” (Shafy/von Rohr, 6/26).

USAID To Shift $2.9B In Maternal, Child Health Funding To Target 24 High-Risk Countries

News outlets report on developments surrounding the “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths” meeting, held Wednesday and sponsored by USAID and the governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners. Devex: What USAID’s $2.9B maternal and…

Terror Groups Hindering Polio Eradication Efforts

International Business Times: Boko Haram Versus Bill Gates: Terror Groups Battle Efforts To Eradicate Polio “Despite more than $1 billion in annual funding from Bill Gates and others to eradicate polio, the disease is still endemic in some regions of the world that are dominated by anti-Western extremist groups like…

Biotechnology Has Potential To Accelerate Global Health Solutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How Biotechnology Can Accelerate Global Health Solutions that Save Lives Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the potential of biotechnology companies “to help develop new and better drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and delivery systems for global…

Coca-Cola Announces Public-Private Partnership Expansion To Provide Medicines In Africa

Coca-Cola Company: “Project Last Mile” Expands to Improve Availability of Life-Saving Medicines in Additional Regions of Africa “The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [on Monday] announced the…

Gates Foundation Calls For Better Cost-Effectiveness In Global Health

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Gates Foundation Calls for More Principled Cost-Effectiveness in Health Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses the challenges around cost-effectiveness “as a criterion for global health decision making and spending” and the…

Blog Post Discusses Progress On, Challenges To Cholera Treatment, Prevention

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Cholera in 2014: How Do You Mix Optimism With Worry on the Long Walk Home? Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses her walk to and from work, during which she ponders…