August 16, 2012
A prototype of a toilet designed by researchers from the California Institute of Technology took first prize at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 12, 2012. Their toilet system is solar powered and generates hydrogen and electricity.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to ensure that all people have the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life.
A Field Visit to the Kuna Territory in Mesoamerica
Cookie Monster -- The Ultimate Impatient Optimist
Safe Water and Toilets: The Foundation for Empowering Women
"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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