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.

My First Return to Africa as CEO of the Gates Foundation

Sue Desmond-Hellmann describes her recent return to Africa, which holds a special place in her career and her heart. She discusses the progress being made by grantees and partners there.

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MCHIP and Partners Advance the Use of Antenatal Corticosteroids

Death from complications of pre-term birth is the leading cause of newborn mortality in the Philippines and worldwide. Many of these deaths can be prevented with an inexpensive medication called dexamethasone—a common antenatal corticosteroids.

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5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Matters

Every year 830,000 newborns’ lives could be saved if they are breastfed within the first hour after birth. That means 22 percent of newborn deaths could be wholly avoided if breastfeeding is started within the crucial first hour after delivery.

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A Potential Breakthrough in the Fight against Dengue Fever

For the nearly three billion people worldwide who live at risk of dengue fever – a mosquito-transmitted disease that is a leading cause of severe illness and death in more than 100 countries – prospects for the development of the first effective dengue vaccine brightened considerably today.

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When Impact Matters More Than Invention

More support is needed for the translation of new inventions into feasible, life-changing products by developers, particularly for those aimed at resource poor environments.

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