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New Ways of Quickly Diagnosing Children Most At Risk for Pneumonia

On this World Pneumonia Day, I am proud to announce new grants to ten scientists working on nine projects in seven countries to test out-of-the-box ideas to improve pneumonia detection.

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How to Bring Financial Services to the Poor: Go Digital

Most of us in the developing world don’t think twice about how we conduct our financial lives. Our paychecks appear automatically in our checking accounts; bills are paid with the tap of a few keys; we swipe our debit card and a barista hands us a cup of coffee. Simple. Convenient. Low cost. Digital. For people in the developing world, it’s another story. It’s much more complicated. It’s hardly ever convenient. And rarely digital.

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What Fuels My Impatient Optimism: The Courage of Women and Girls

Since the London Summit on Family Planning in July 2012, I’ve heard from so many about one particular issue—how contraceptives have changed their lives. I’d love to share a few that have particularly moved me.

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Dissolving the Digital Divide

The new digital divide between those who have wired and those who have wireless access to the Internet raises important questions about social equity in an information-driven world.

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