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Christopher Elias

Title President , Global Development
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Christopher J. Elias is President, Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India - Progress, Innovation, Excitement

Researchers from India and around the world were among the more than 700 participants who gathered to discuss how to bring safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who lack access. This was the second “toilet fair” hosted by the foundation; the first was in Seattle in 2012. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, with the support of the Ministry of Urban Development.

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A Year of Progress, a Year of Promise

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day aspect of the work we’re doing, but as we approach the end of 2013, it’s amazing to reflect on what the world has accomplished in such a short time.

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Innovative Use of Mobile Phones Will Expand Access to Contraceptive Choices

Ethiopia has dramatically reduced child mortality and nearly doubled the prevalence of modern contraceptives in recent years.

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The Greatest Breakthroughs for Humanity

In each of these areas, we have an opportunity to build on the advances of past generations to create new breakthroughs that really help improve the quality of their lives.

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Innovation Comes in Many Forms

One of the things I’ve learned working in global health and development for the past 25 years is that innovation comes in many forms. Scientific breakthroughs tend to get the most attention. A new vaccine that saves children’s lives. A drug that tackles a killer disease.

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