Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health
Going back at least to Thomas Malthus, who published his An Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798, people have worried about doomsday scenarios in which food supply can’t keep up with population growth.
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April 17, 2014 / Owen Nyaka
Improvements to Malawi’s network for transporting laboratory samples will help people living with HIV get vital test results quicker.
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April 17, 2014 / Cheikh Seck
In Senegal, we have not been brainwashed by international donors to support family planning. Our primary interest is the well-being of the people of our country.
April 11, 2014 / Ariel Pablos-Mendez
In celebrating World Health Worker Week, we're reminded of the challenge of addressing the health workforce crises to meet the global health priorities of USAID.
April 08, 2014 / Mara Hansen, Ray Yip
In 2008, the Gates Foundation decided to invest in Myanmar’s primary health care with a grant to Population Services International (PSI) to expand their primary care services nationwide, helping to ensure the people of Myanmar had access to high-quality,
low-cost basic health care.
April 07, 2014 / Orin Levine
In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children’s Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the current GAVI Alliance) on trying to accelerate the uptake of the Hib meningitis vaccine, there were a
lot of barriers and concerns. Often, we heard that the existing immunization system was a “house of cards” and that introducing a new vaccine would risk pulling down the whole system. On the other hand, proponents of moving faster (like me) wondered whether
the introduction of a new vaccine might, rather than adding strain, actually energize the system and increase coverage. As it turns out, both of the groups debating the impact of new vaccine introduction on health systems in the 1990s were wrong. In a paper
released by a WHO working group last year, Jessica Shearer and colleagues conducted a rigorous statistical analysis of all available data, and concluded that the introduction of new vaccines did not result in a pronounced effect on routine immunization coverage.
"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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