Leah Rush is on the Emergency Response team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has over five years of experience operating in humanitarian contexts globally, including conflict and disaster in Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Niger and Mali. Prior to her humanitarian career, she played basketball professionally and worked as a consultant on various sport for development projects. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma, and a MSc in International Development and Anthropology from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.
October 16, 2016 / Leah Rush
This week, we announced two emergency response grants totaling $2.8 million to meet the critical needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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