Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Topics / Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

Safeguarding the health of mothers and young children is one of the world’s most urgent priorities and a core focus of our work. Every year in developing countries, millions of mothers and their babies die during childbirth or in the first months of life. These deaths can be prevented.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria

We can beat malaria. We’re halfway there. Now we need to get the job done.

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The Case for a Safe Space: Libraries Empower Women In Asia

Libraries are a solution: they offer an "integrated delivery" model that provides women with a safe space and access to essential information on health, livelihoods, rights, and more.

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Improving Primary Care for the Poor by Leveraging Drug Sellers at Scale: Tanzania’s Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets Program

In developing countries, especially in rural areas where access to health care and pharmacies are limited, private drug shops play a particularly important role. With so many of the world’s poor seeking care from private drug shops it is important to ensure that these shops provide safe medicines and the best possible advice and care.

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Saving Lives with Better Gestational Age Estimation

Complications from prematurity are now the number one cause of death in children under five.

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“We’re Number One” is No Reason to be Proud

The global burden of preterm birth represents a large and complex public health challenge that no single intervention or organization can solve alone.

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