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.

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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Get a Shot. Give a Shot. ®

To help provide greater access to vaccines for children in developing countries, while also improving immunization rates in the U.S., Walgreens and the UN Foundation developed “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” – a campaign through which Walgreens donates the value of a life-saving vaccine for each vaccine it administers at its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.

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Saving lives in childbirth: do we have a game changer?

A multi-year research program is underway in 120 public hospitals across Uttar Pradesh. The BetterBirth trial aims to rigorously test whether practical changes in health workers’ behavior – applying WHO’s Safe Childbirth checklist - can actually reduce major harm and save lives when they are most in danger.

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Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

It is well-recognized that gender inequalities exist around the world. Evidence has also mounted showing that the marginalization and neglect of the needs, roles and potential of women and girls are key factors limiting advances in human health and development outcomes for all – women, men, boys and girls.

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Grand Challenges Explorations: Bold Ideas From Around the World to Improve and Save Lives

Through Grand Challenges, we work with our partners to support bold ideas from around the world that have the power to improve and save lives. We’re excited to announce that GCE is now accepting applications for six topics through November 12, 2014.

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