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Our Big Bet For The Future: 2015 Gates Annual Letter

Originally posted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played. This bet wasn't exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. But the bet turned out well.

Fifteen years ago, the two of us made a similar bet. We started our foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, we could help dramatically reduce inequity. The progress we've seen so far is very exciting — so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what's possible 15 years from now. Read more...

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

Originally posted by Huffington Post

The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss skiing resort of Davos seem a million miles away from the small wooden shack in a slum in Pampanga, Philippines that Marites Garcia calls home.

Every day she sees her eight children and two grandchildren go without food. It breaks her heart but there's little she can do. She doesn't have an education or a job and neither does her husband. Read more...

Making Childbirth Safer: It Takes a Sales Force

Originally posted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"The mother and her newborn are safe in my hands!” Ishrawati, a birth attendant at a remote health center in northern India, is feeling confident, and in many ways that’s surprising.

Like millions of mostly female health workers delivering babies in the world’s poorest communities, Ishrawati works under conditions of chronic scarcity. No heating in her facility during freezing winters; no air conditioning in the sweltering summers. No running water in the delivery room much of the time. Outmoded equipment and regular stock outs of medicines. Severe understaffing combined with patchy supervision. Read more...

International Women’s Health Coalition Shares Post-2015 Negotations

Originally posted by International Women's Health Coalition

H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland and H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, co-Facilitators for the Post-2015 Development negotiations have carried out a series of informal negotiations to discuss the modalities for next year’s intergovernmental process. Read more...

Bloomberg Showcases Devastating Maternal Care in India

A heartbreaking story in today’s Bloomberg.com news highlights the devastating impact of India’s poor treatment of women, especially as they prepare for childbirth. Emphasizing the abysmal care for one young mother, the story reinforces the international affront of the November expose of women who were giving forced sterilizations. This time, however, the story is even more telling, as bribery, corruption and heartless care impact the ultimate and sadly predictable poor outcome for both mother and child.

Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iverson says, “Losing a woman due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is a tragedy. Every time. Whether in India or in any country of the world, it is a loss for families, as well as nations. re India, focusing on social accountability programs as a way to improve the quality of maternal care and a mechanism for more effective policy implementation. Read more...

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