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.

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Empowering the Next Generation

With the launch of the Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Grand Challenge, we are looking to invest in innovative programs that expand the body of work and knowledge on the intersection of gender equality, decision-making, and adolescent health and development.

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2014 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award Winner: Agence de Médecine Préventive

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Agence de Médecine Préventive as the 2014 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award winner for EPIVAC, an on-the-job training program for district medical officers to improve immunization program performance in 11 Francophone African countries.

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Not Just The New Fashion

But while girls are the new development fashion, it’s style over substance. We are still failing to design a global development agenda that invests in girls and women – every day.

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Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

Our first Grand Challenge on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment signals a more concerted push to put women and girls at the center of our work.

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Get A Shot. Give A Shot: We Can Help All Kids Get Life-Saving Vaccines

The United Nations Foundation and its partners have come up with a novel idea. Appropriately named “Get A Shot, Give A Shot,” this campaign builds on the foundation's Shot@Life initiative. For every vaccine administered as part of the campaign between August 1 and October 14, a life-saving vaccine will be donated for children in developing countries.

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