Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Friday, September 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Opens Free TB Medicine Gate to All

Source: The Times of India

Tuberculosis (TB) patients seeking treatment at private hospitals anywhere in the state will no longer have to pay for the expensive drugs.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 — South Asia

Gates Foundation to Help India’s Payments Banks with Tech, Innovation

Source: DealStreetAsia

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help newly licensed payment banks in technology sharing and innovation as it expects India to become a global showcase for digital payment systems in the next three to five years, Daniel Radcliffe, senior officer at the financial services for the poor (FSP) programme at the foundation, said in an interview on Friday.
Friday, August 28, 2015 — Latin America

Vaccine Reminder Company Tested in Developing World

Source: Cornell Chronicle

A Cornellian’s nonprofit that helps parents in developing countries remember their children’s vaccination dates with bracelets has completed an initial study in Peru and Ecuador and is moving into trials and evaluations in three countries on three continents.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Menstruation Holds Back Millions of Poor Women. Does This Outfit Have a Solution?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

If it's true that you can't talk about global development without discussing gender equality, it's also true that you can’t dive deep into gender in poor countries without talking about menstruation. However, the international conversation on this topic tends to be in hushed tones. Sometimes, even the most pragmatic global health and development experts get uncomfortable when the subject comes up.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Case for Health As a High-Return Investment

Source: Devex

One of the biggest initiatives to come out of last month’s third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was the Global Financing Facility Trust Fund. Launched in support of the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child initiative, it was able to align $12 billion in public and private resources towards financing country-led five-year investment plans for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Kenyan Startup Trying to Change Bill Gates' Mind on Bitcoin

Source: CoinDesk

Bill Gates has been publicly skeptical about the future of the payment technology in the developing world.
Monday, July 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bridging Gap in the Health Care Sector: AfDB Offers Strategic Analysis on Financing Innovatively With the Private Sector

Source: African Development Bank

“The relevance of private sector role in delivering innovative health care to the poorest people, with the view to achieving global goal,” was underscored at a side event organized today in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Monday, July 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation's Kosta Peric on Blockchain Tech and the Unbanked

Source: The Wall Street Journal

For Kosta Peric, overcoming finance's last mile means looking for ways to do so from the ground up.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Innovation for Poverty Action's New $7.4 million Grant Will Support Research for Financial Inclusion

Source: Innovations for Poverty Action

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) announced today a new $7.4 million grant to support research on product design innovations that enable the poor to access, use, and benefit from financial services.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Gates Foundation Changes Focus to 'Last Mile' of Delivery

Source: allAfrica

AllAfrica's Juanita Williams andMelissa Britzinterviewed Dr Ayo Ajayi, the director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Africa Team, about the foundation's new approach to working with the continent.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates pledges $776M for malnutrition, unlocks UK commitments

Source: Devex

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — the world’s largest private foundation — will spend $776 million over the next six years to fight malnutrition, a strong signal of support for a historically underfunded sector, according to the foundation’s leaders.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

From condoms to toilets, why good design is essential for improving global health

Source: Vox

The use of human-centered design principles can help people lead better lives.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

What's Next for the Grand Challenges?

Source: Devex

Innovative solutions take 15 years to reach their full potential. For the “grand challenges” model of development, now over a decade old, that means the clock is ticking.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill and Melina Gates: Autopsies Could Prevent Epidemics, Save Countless Lives

Source: The Huffington Post

Bill and Melinda Gates believe that performing "minimal autopsies" on dead children could save countless lives.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Partners With Emory Global Health Institute to Form Child Health Network

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationnamed Emory Global Health Institute, which houses the U.S. office of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), its lead partner in its new global health surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Plans Teams to Determine Causes of Child Mortality

Source: The New York Times

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to create a network of disease-surveillance teams in poor countries to do “minimal autopsies” on children to plumb causes of child mortality and also possibly spot emerging epidemics, the foundation announced Wednesday.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — South Asia

After cracking down on Greenpeace, Ford Foundation, Indian gov't could focus on Gates Foundation

Source: Economic Times

After turning the screws on Greenpeace India and the Ford Foundation, the home ministry has now turned its gaze to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Understanding How Gut Microbiota Affect Child Health

Source: Impatient Optimists

To many of us, diarrhea may seem like an acute condition or minor annoyance. But for children in the world’s poorest places, the repeated bouts of diarrhea they endure can have lasting consequences.
Monday, April 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Missoula Author's Book Details Big Data Initiative on Global Health

Source: Missoulian

What if you had a map that told you what sickened, killed or affected the health of every person across the world? And how would you make it?
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Scientists Developing Latex Replacement That Self-Lubricates, Delivers Viagra and Feels Better Than Nothing At All

Source: The Independent

A group of scientists in Australia is developing a series of condoms which it claims could feel even better than wearing nothing at all.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Blue Diversion Toilet aims to improve sanitation with built-in filtration system

Source: Dezeen Magazine

Austrian design firm EOOS and water research institute Eawag hope to improve sanitation levels in areas of extreme poverty with a mobile toilet that contains its own water filtration system.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Michael Bloomberg Fights Big Tobacco in Uruguay

Source: BBC

Michael Bloomberg is a man on a mission. This, of course, isn't the first "noble cause" he's latched on to but the "evil" of tobacco is something he feels particularly strongly about.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — Asia Pacific

New Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine 'A Historic Moment for Global Health'

Source: Devex

As I prepare for retirement this month and reflect on my four years as the director of the neglected infectious diseases team here at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the things I am most proud of is to have been part of a global team that has been working to get a new Japanese encephalitis vaccine to the millions of people who need it.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Here Come the Philanthropreneurs

Source: Fast Company

Entrepreneurs using wealth and power to transform society are not a new phenomenon. A century ago, Andrew Carnegie’s love of libraries helped bring education to the masses, and he spent millions promoting world peace. Today’s "philanthropreneurs" are equally ambitious—and they’re succeeding, while redefining what it means to give and give back.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Where Do Vaccine Fears Come From?

Source: The Gates Notes

In his 2013 New Yorker article “Slow Ideas,” the Harvard surgeon Atul Gawande offered a compelling way to understand why some good ideas spread slowly (if at all) while others spread like wildfire.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Microneedle Patches Could Be the Future of Vaccinations

Source: WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia Tech professor Mark Praunitz has spent two decades developing microneedle patches.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: McKinsey & Company Starts Its Own Version of Bain’s Bridgespan

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

The announcement that Helene Gayle, the retiring CEO of CARE, was going to be inaugural CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative struck us as noteworthy for reasons that other press outlets really haven’t covered.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunise Another 300 Million Children

Source: Gates Foundation

A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunisation of the world’s poorest children. If we, as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Activists Protest Gates Foundation Plan for African Farmers

Source: Humanosphere

Activists in Seattle and London held demonstrations on Monday to protest efforts by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and others to privatize seeds as part of a push to industrialize farming in Africa.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Next Epidemic — Lessons from Ebola

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Bill Gates writes: "It's instructive to compare our preparations for epidemics with our preparations for another sort of global threat — war."
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Gates Foundation's $52M Investment Says About Social Enterprise Funding

Source: Forbes

Social enterprises seeking financing face a great many hurdles that more-traditional ventures don’t have to tackle.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants

Source: The New York Times

The Ebola crisis underscored a problem that vexes experts in global health: Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives, especially in developing countries, yet traditional vaccines can take years to develop.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Issues Mobile Money Data Challenge

Source: Finextra

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is continuing its push to accelerate the adoption of mobile money in the developing world by offering grants to firms that devise ways to capture data relating to the delivery and use of digital financial services.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Toilet Could Turn Urine Into Electricity at Refugee Camps

Source: The Huffington Post

An innovative urinal could turn pee into a source of electricity. Driven to find a way to protect women and girls in refugee camps who are often assaulted when they go to the bathroom at night, researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have devised a urinal that lights up when a person uses it.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation makes its biggest-ever equity investment in German biotech

Source: Reuters

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it would invest $52 million in CureVac, a German biotechnology company that develops vaccines and immunotherapies, marking the foundation's biggest-ever equity investment.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates on philanthropy and optimism

Source: Maclean's

Billionaire talks about how he and Canada work together, the setbacks Ebola represents—and why he has a positive outlook.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Tuberculosis Drug Enters First Trial: The Good and Sad News

Source: Devex

The maiden human trial of a potential tuberculosis drug — the first in six years — has now commenced.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Explains Why Bitcoin Won't Help the Poor

Source: CoinBuzz

According to the World Bank, approximately 2.5 billion people (roughly half of the world’s adult population) does not have a bank account due to reasons such as lack of money, high fees, long distances, and complicated paperwork.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Stanford Launches Major Effort to Expedite Vaccine Discovery with $50 Million Grant

Source: Stanford Medicine

The funding will establish the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center, and will accelerate efforts to develop vaccines for the world's most deadly infectious diseases.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — South Asia

China Makes First Aid Commitment to Gavi

Source: Devex

Despite Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s ambitious $7.5 billion target, donors rose up to the challenge and pledged slightly more than the set goal: $7.539 billion. These commitments are a reflection of donors’ continued confidence not only in the alliance’s capability to deliver results but also to provide evidence of value for money.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Sees 'Miracle' Tools for AIDS by 2030 in Vaccine and Drugs

Source: Reuters

Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill and Melinda Gates Want to Fix Another Messy Global Problem: Banking

Source: Quartz

Bill and Melinda Gates have taken on some of the world’s messiest problems, funding projects to improve the design of toilets and condoms and even create urine-powered fuel cells. Now, in their annual letter published today, they’re outlining ambitions to tackle another messy sector: banking.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

The End of the Silo: What It Means for Today's Global Health Worker

Source: Devex

From large corporations and foundations to the newest of startups, global health players focused on development are finding that success lies with shared values, aligned purpose and mutually reinforcing efforts. Meanwhile, NGOs are seeking new skills in their global health workforce and field partners, which require workers to think beyond established relationships.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage

Source: Wired

Bill Gates walks up to the water tap, but before he can drink, his entourage pulls him to one side. One woman takes off his glasses and rearranges his hair. Another dabs on a little makeup. And, at one point, someone hands him a Mason jar.
Monday, December 22, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Gates Foundation Donates $4.9m to SK Chemicals' Vaccine Project

Source: The Korea Herald

SK Chemicals Co., a petrochemical unit of South Korea's third-largest conglomerate SK Group, said Sunday it has received a donation of US$4.9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its project to develop a vaccine for typhoid fever.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Simple but Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

Source: Impatient Optimists

Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage by 2015 will remain out of reach unless vaccines and devices reach heath facilities on time and in the right quantity. The greatest difficultly lies in reaching the last mile—getting vaccines to those in the hardest-to-reach corners of Nigeria.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Reasons Today's Leaders Are Focused on Using Wealth and Power to Create Impact

Source: Business Insider

Leaders are migrating from figureheads to action figures. From bureaucrats to disrupters. From managing the established to creating and sponsoring more social impact.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How MasterCard Aims to Bring Financial Services to East Africa


There is no shortage of efforts to bring financial inclusion to those in developing economies who lack access to basic financial services. Most have failed for one very important reason – they’ve been unable to scale. The announcement last week of MasterCard’s partnership with The Gates Foundation will address that problem, starting with the launch of an Innovation Lab in the birthplace of the region’s most successful mobile money scheme – Kenya.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard Teams With Gates Foundation to Expand Digital Financial Services in East Africa

Source: IT News Africa

MasterCard has unveiled the launch of MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion, a new initiative seeking to impact more than 100 million people globally by developing practical and cost-effective financial tools that expand access and help build stable futures over the long term.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

New Policy Could Unlock the Gates Foundation, Bring Transparency to Research

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

One of the biggest private foundations in the world just took a step toward becoming more open with the research it funds.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

DFID, Gates Foundation to set up digital financial services unit in Pakistan

Source: Daily Times

The United Kingdom (UK) government’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to set up a digital financial services (DFS) unit in Pakistan.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Unitus Seed Fund adds more prominent investors

Source: Unitus Seed Fund

November 16, 2014. Bangalore: Unitus Seed Fund announced that it has now raised over USD $4 million from 16 high net income Indian investors in its Indian rupee fund, and Seattle area tech executives, including Steve Singh, Diego Piacentini, and Bill Gates have invested in Unitus Seed Fund’s affiliated offshore venture fund.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates and World Bank Back Tech-Aided Access for the Underbanked

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

A partnership between the World Bank and the Gates Foundation is encouraging the creation of a digital payment system.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation refutes report it fails African farmers

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has rejected accusations that too much of its funding goes to Western researchers, saying it is helping small farmers in African countries.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Gates-Backed Group Weighs Funding for Ebola Vaccine

Source: Bloomberg

As GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and other drugmakers race to develop and deploy vaccines against West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, one key question remains: who will pay?
Monday, November 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases

Source: Yahoo News

US philanthropist Bill Gates on Sunday announced he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Backed by Gates, Affinivax Ramps up Velcro-like Vaccine Tech

Source: Xconomy

A new startup with backing by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Affinivax claims it’s created a vaccine to protect against all 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria. Now comes the hard part: scaling up, proving it in clinical trials, and making a successful business out of it.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

A new challenge

Source: The Economist

The Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health programme is a decade old. How has it done, and what should it do in the future?
Friday, October 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pfenex And PATH Partner On Vaccines

Source: Benzinga

Pfenex Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the development of high-value biosimilar therapeutics and difficult to manufacture proteins, today announced the initiation of a multi-product research program with PATH.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SC Johnson Rolls Out Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Marketing Strategy in Ghana

Source: Triple Pundit

SC Johnson, the Wisconsin-based company, is selling cleaning and pest control products in Ghana while contributing to local efforts to reduce the risks of contracting malaria.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Unconventional Billionaire Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy By Closing His $8 Billion Foundation

Source: Fast CoExist

Should charity go on forever? For Chuck Feeney, the answer is an emphatic no--and fellow billionaires, from newly-minted Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, can learn from his example.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Citi looks to tech and non-profits to drive financial inclusion; Gates talks bitcoin and biometrics

Source: Finextra

Citi is working with non-profit organisation Catalyst Miami on a tech-based financial inclusion programme that it believes could be replicated across the country.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — South Asia

Gates Foundation to Aid India in ‘Toilets For All’ Program

Source: India West

The Urban Development Ministry and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed on a partnership to promote user-friendly toilets to ensure universal sanitation in the country.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — South Asia

Gates Foundation offers to help monitor India's ambitious financial inclusion scheme

Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has offered to help in monitoring of the progress made with regard to Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana, the flagship financial inclusion scheme of India's government.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates focused on digital payment for poor

Source: PYMNTS

Though there has been a lot of talk and media coverage about the tremendous potential mobile payments offer to the poor, underbanked and financially disenfranchised around the world–minus a few bright spots (M-Pesa) the progress of mobile in bridging the gap between the banked and unbanked has been slow going.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: How the Gates Foundation’s Investments Are Undermining Its Own Good Works

Source: The Nation

Its vast holdings in the fossil fuel and arms industries subvert the foundation’s battle against disease and poverty, says Charles Piller.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Banking For The Poor: Will This Be Bill Gates' Greatest Philanthropic Achievement?

Source: Forbes

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has given away more than $28 billion, comfortably making him the world’s greatest living philanthropist.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Buffett gives record $2.1 billion donation to Gates Foundation

Source: Bloomberg

Warren Buffett, the second-richest person in the United States, made his largest single charitable contribution ever when he donated $2.1 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gwynedd: Billionaire Microsoft boss Bill Gates funds $1.4m grant for firm's vaccine cooler

Source: Daily Post

Sure Chill Company receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for live-saving vaccination product
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 questions as GAVI approaches next replenishment

Source: Devex

The GAVI Alliance is gearing up for a new replenishment, in which the organization plans to ask for more funds than it ever has before.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

Source: NPR Blogs

"Our view on health is that we have a lot of interventions where we're saving lives for less than $2,000 per life saved."
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bacteria fighting fabric

Source: UDaily

Each year in India, waterborne diseases sicken approximately 37.7 million people. One and a half million children die of diarrhea alone, according to a report by WaterAid.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

eKutir’s VeggieLite gains Gates Foundation grant

Source: Press Release

eKutir’s new project VeggieLite is a recipient of Grand Challenges India 2014, supported by the Gates Foundation, USAID and DBT, the Indian government’s anti-poverty scheme.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Donors Commit $240 Million to Fight Neglected Diseases

Source: Voa News

Bill Gates, the World Bank and other donors are stepping up efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases in Africa and other low-income regions with a $240 million injection of new funding.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

Source: ABC News

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world's 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are exactly the sort of goals needed to improve global public health amid challenges such as poverty, water scarcity and urban growth.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$23M Award at Notre Dame Fights Malaria and Dengue Fever

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile payment solution from First Bank of Nigeria Ltd secures U.S. $12 Million from Gates Foundation

Source: All Africa

In apparent move to boost the nation's financial inclusion drive, the mobile payment solution from First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Firstmonie has secured a grant of $12million US dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to execute the project.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Try digital condom for electrifying sex

Source: Times of India

Considering how important they are to modern society and how little people like wearing the things, it's a wonder that the design of the condom has barely changed over hundreds of years. The drawback of having a prophylactic that is so widely disliked has even inspired the Gates Foundation to make the invention of "the Next Generation of Condom" one of their Grand Challenges in Global Health — a research initiative designed to find solutions to 15 global health problems.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philly-area contingent helps advance health initiatives in Africa

Source: Newsworks

Volunteers from the Philadelphia region are in Washington this week to learn new lobbying skills and other ways to support health missions in sub-Saharan Africa. The ONE campaign, which works to fight extreme poverty around the world, is sponsoring the four-day training and advocate-education summit.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates-Funded Future Toilet That Will Change How We Think About Poop

Source: Fast Co.Exist

The inside story of how Caltech engineers and Kohler designers are testing a toilet technology that could significantly improve the health of 2.5 billion people around the world. It might even appear in U.S. bathrooms, too.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Hires Second Biotech VC to Connect With Startups

Source: Xconomy

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to get more biotech entrepreneurs to work on global health, and it just hired another venture capitalist to give the initiative a boost.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Source: Medical Xpress

High mortality rates for pregnant women and newborns continue to be a major health concern in Africa, with Ethiopia being one of the most affected countries.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Narrow Funding Base 'Puts WHO Drug Programme At Risk'

Source: All Africa

The future of a WHO programme that ensures the quality of medicines for numerous global health NGOs and UN agencies is vulnerable unless more donors start funding it, health experts have warned.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Innovative off-grid fridges to give a sure chill to vaccines

Source: SciDevNet

The Philippines is set to receive donations of medical refrigerators with an innovative cooling technology that runs without electricity for up to ten days or more, ensuring the viability of vaccines especially in disaster-affected areas, SciDev.Net has learned.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

GAVI raises $152 million for vaccinations with private sector partnerships

Source: Vaccine News Daily

The GAVI Alliance announced on Friday that it secured $152 million to immunize children against disease using private sector partnerships, a unique funding mechanism leveraging cash and expertise from corporations and foundations.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation forms new health partnerships in South Africa

Source: Business Day

THE Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday announced two new partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at finding new tools to fight HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Myths That Block Access to the Poor

Source: The Gates Foundation

Every year The Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, this is 2014 where Bill Gates states "By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world."
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Indian cos among emerging world's vaccine heroes: Bill Gates

Source: Business Standard

According to Gates, Serum Institute produces a higher volume of vaccines than any other company in the world
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Myths on the World's Poor

Source: The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Three Myths on the World's Poor Bill and Melinda Gates call foreign aid a phenomenal investment that's transforming the world.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Better funding call for vital drug approval programme

Source: The Guardian

Without the prequalification programme of the World Health Organisation, Africa could have bad drugs or no drugs for HIV and TB, but this vital service for assessing medicine quality needs secure funds for the future, say experts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Heifer International Receives $25.5m Grant to Expand Its East Africa Dairy Development Program

Source: allAfrica

Heifer International received a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project and assist more than 136,000 farm families in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

Source: Ghana Web

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccine nanoparticles offer shake-and-bake field delivery

Source: Fierce Drug Delivery

To be able to make vaccines on site simply and effectively would greatly benefit remote areas that are often hampered by both distance from the source of vaccines and the difficulty of refrigeration.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

The emerging world’s vaccine pioneers by Bill Gates

Source: Live Mint

"As I look ahead to 2014, I am more optimistic than ever about the progress that we can make using the power of vaccines"
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation, which has made huge progress in improving public health in the developing world.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation to Double Donation to Fight AIDS

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said he plans to nearly double his foundation’s contribution to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to as much as $500 million.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — South Asia

Health conference on social marketing and franchising

Source: The Times of India

The first global health conference on social marketing (SM) and social franchising (SM), the two emerging tools to help India achieve the universal health coverage, will be held in Kochi from December 3 to 5.
Monday, November 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Gates Foundation’s Trevor Mundel on the Opposite of Rare Disease

Source: Xconomy

The foundation, started by a titan of capitalism, understands that if it’s going to make any kind of dent in huge health problems, it needs to tap into the resources of pharma and biotech
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Global Fund needs global collaboration

Source: The Hill

We should fund the Global Fund, no doubt about it. But we should ask the right questions now and initiate a change that would make a difference in development assistance.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Can’t Build a Toilet

Source: New York Times

IN addition to eradicating polio in India and starting the personal computer revolution, the Seattle Superman of our age has managed to make going to the bathroom a cause célèbre. Five years ago, if I’d told people I worked on toilets, they would have surely assumed I was a plumber. Now, they exclaim: “Oh! Isn’t Bill Gates into that?”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tablets Improve Family Planning Service in Rural Kenya


In Kenya, mobile technology usage is quickly becoming more popular. While these solutions increase access to services, many rural health facilities lack ability to provide adequate service delivery.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Leading health and philanthropic organizations outline plan to address global preterm birth burden

Source: Science Codex

A call-to-action was issued to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Piloting the 2014 Findex

Source: World Bank Blogs

As President Kim pointed out earlier this month at the plenary of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, 2.5 billion adults worldwide aren’t using the formal financial system
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines

Source: PharmaBiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavor to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Backs Cambridge Alumna's $94M Health Fund

Source: Business Weekly

Global technology pioneer Bill Gates is supporting a Cambridge University alumna in a blockbusting new health investment fund. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to back the venture, inspired in the UK by Gates scholar Julia Fan Li, after she made a personal presentation to Bill Gates’ father. The Global Health Investment Fund is structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Foundation.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Digital payments key to financial inclusion, says Gates report

Source: Central Banking

Digital payments systems are key to providing wider access to financial services, but customers in developing countries may have to pay each time they use them in order for the economics to stack up, according to a new report on financial inclusion from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Raikes steps down as CEO of Gates Foundation

Source: PC World

Former Microsoft exec Jeff Raikes said Tuesday that he would step down as the chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, theoretically freeing himself up as Microsoft searches for a new CEO.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — Asia Pacific

ADB, Gates Foundation Partner for Sanitation Innovation in Asia

Source: Devex

As the world’s most populous region continues to grow, innovative solutions to sanitation are more needed than even before in Asia, where many governments still don’t see this Millennium Development Goal as a priority.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Lures Biotech VC to Work on Global Health Startups

Source: Xconomy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has people with big Rolodexes that extend into high levels of government, philanthropy, public health, and Big Pharma. Now the organization has hired someone to open doors to biotech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Friday, August 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates on His Foundation's Health and Education Campaigns

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

"Polio eradication is this amazing effort. We’re raising the money to get it done by 2018. When these problems leave the rich world, they’re out of sight, out of mind. And reminding people of what a big problem it was and how amazingly others responded—which is why we have these tools at all—helps people, saying this can be the second disease to be eradicated."
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Data visualisation aims to change view of global health

Source: BBC

By creating a new and innovative way to look at massive amounts of patient data worldwide, one man hopes he can change the way public health crises are managed, as Cynthia Graber reports.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Vaccine Drives Africa Meningitis Cases to Lowest in Decade

Source: Chicago Tribune

Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Source: Co.Exist

Farm Defenders, a Gates Foundation-funded game that lets people use incredibly detailed data (down to soil conditions in specific villages) to help people learn agriculture techniques before they actually start planting.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates explores Ghana’s health progress

Source: IOL News

The freckled man with the rectangular glasses instantly recognisable to much of the world stood in the West African heat, staring at data that had nothing to do with selling software.
Monday, March 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg: Our Plan to Eradicate Polio

Source: The Wall Street Journal

More than three decades ago, each of us started a technology company based on a big idea—and each company found success based on a culture of innovation and accountability.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Needs More Statistics

Source: Science Magazine

What is the best way to estimate how many people suffer from tuberculosis, from the forests of Central Africa to the highlands of Peru?
Thursday, February 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Funding Slows as Nations Cut Back on Donations

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Global health funding barely grew last year as the U.S. and other nations cut their donations to programs in developing nations, a study found.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Billionaire Horse Breeder’s Polio Shot to Undercut Glaxo

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla, founder of the world’s biggest maker of vaccines, will slash the price of polio immunization and introduce shots for diarrhea and pneumonia, undercutting Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.
Friday, January 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An inconvenient truth

Source: The Australian

LAST year, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates gave $US10 million to British scientists to crack a problem he hoped might help solve the looming world food crisis. Unusually, this time the philanthropy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was met with howls of outrage from left-leaning politicians and environmental groups that previously had welcomed its efforts to eradicate malaria and alleviate global poverty and hunger.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Save the Children receives $40 million for Saving Newborn Lives program

Source: Save the Children

Save the Children is pleased to announce the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's new five-year grant of $40 million to its Saving Newborn Lives program.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

UT Arlington receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health


A new research grant could lead to new ways to cool vaccines and medicine that must be shipped to remote parts of the world without ready access to electricity.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Maternal health gets a boost in Malawi

Source: Mail & Guardian

On a gray Wednesday morning in the Malawian capital of Lilonge, a group of young people perform a skit for philanthropist Melinda Gates who has come to visit their recreational centre, a drafty room with wooden, board walls and a corrugated iron roof that don't quite meet.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IFC Announces Partnership to Increase Access to Affordable Sanitation in East Africa

Source: WebWire

Nairobi, Kenya — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to catalyze the market for improved sanitation and accelerate access to more affordable sanitation solutions for low-income households in East Africa.
Monday, December 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Announces $21 Million in Global Health Grants

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $21 million to seven projects through its Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, UNDP, 92Y and Ericsson are hosting the Social Good Summit in New York City this weekend. Even if you can’t go to New York, you can participate.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

Sure, We Can Build a Better Toilet. But Will People Use It?

Source: Wired

The Gates Foundation’s plan to build a better toilet has inspired optimism for the future of sanitation in the developing world.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Thinks About Poop - And You Should Too

Source: Forbes

On Tuesday and Wednesday, engineers, philanthropists, media and more from around the world will gather at the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle for the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair,” a $3 million project funded in grants by the Foundation that will showcase revolutionary new toilets that don’t need water, electricity or even a connection to a sewage system. The goal of the project is to help improve the lives of the 2.6 billion people in the third world who do not have access to a toilet.
Monday, April 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

Infographic: 2.6 Billion People Don’t Have A Safe Way To Poop

Source: FastCo.Design

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation doesn’t mince words (or pictures) when it comes to feces.
Monday, March 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Jeff Raikes, CEO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: A Message to Members of Business Fights Poverty

Source: Business Fights Poverty

We spend a lot of our time trying to convince skeptics that they should care about development. Bill Gates made the case very convincingly in his report to the G20 delivered last November. He argues from the supply side: successfully developing countries can keep the price of key commodities low by boosting production – important in ensuring food security. And he argues from the demand side: successfully developing countries can keep markets humming by boosting consumption. In the U.S., exports to developing countries are growing six times faster than exports to developed countries.
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