Linda joined the Global Health Program in 2007 as Senior Program Officer, Global Health Delivery. In this role, she is currently focusing her efforts on expanding the Global Health Program’s approach in global health and engagement in polio eradication. Linda came to the foundation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she most recently served as the deputy branch chief of the polio eradication branch. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, from 1997-1999. A doctoral and master’s of public health graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Linda is an epidemiologist and microbiologist. Her Ph.D. was focused on water and sanitation improvements to reduce
May 30, 2012 / Linda Venczel
Fathers and mothers in China travel long distances to get their children vaccinated against polio.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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