Ling Wong is a program officer in the Global Health Discovery Program at the foundation. In this capacity, she leads the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative. This $150 million dollar initiative is dedicated to identifying and fostering innovators and their ideas to solve challenges in the developing world. To date, nearly 700 awards have been made in over 40 countries to explore bold new ideas. GCE is counted as one of the most successful programs for discovering and fostering innovation in the fields of global health and development. Ling obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Bioengineering and Applied Sciences. While there, she developed an inhaled vaccine for tuberculosis.
October 04, 2012 / Ling Wong
We are piloting new ways to identify and select innovative projects and are exploring new topics to address our priority disease areas.
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September 05, 2012 / Ling Wong
Latest Grand Challenges Explorations round is open!
May 09, 2012 / Ling Wong
It takes just one person, anywhere in the world, to see a problem in a different light and be willing to take risks to change the status quo.
April 06, 2012 / Ling Wong
Over the past few years, through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, we have called for innovations in research for global health infectious diseases such as a TB, Malaria, and HIV.
March 12, 2012 / Ling Wong
To kick off 2012, we are excited to announce the next Round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) opportunities to see your innovative ideas.
"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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