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Media Outlets Examines Gateses’ Role In Global Health

Noting philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates were in Washington, D.C., last weekend at the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, where they “were commended for changing the trajectory of international public health through their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Science interviews the couple on a number of topics, including “why vaccines are the best buy in public health, the urgent need to boost routine childhood immunization in places like northern Nigeria, where coverage is less than 30 percent, [and] the importance of working with local communities, and especially women, to be sure they get culturally appropriate technologies they want” (Roberts, 5/3). In similar news, Business Insider profiles Melinda Gates, “a brilliant, strong-minded businesswoman and philanthropist who’s intent on changing the world,” highlighting her efforts to “champion for women’s rights and reproductive health, arming women around the world with birth control” (Rosenberg/Polland, 5/2).