Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Member profile

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates) is a funding organization based in Seattle, Washington USA. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, this innovative group works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In particular, this foundation focuses on improving people’s health and on giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. The valuable resources shared help empower people for success.

Main activities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with organizations around the world that are using innovative methods to improve healthcare. The main mission is to help ensure that advances in health are created and shared with those who need them most.

The three priority areas are to:

  • Discover new insights to fight serious diseases and other health problems affecting developing countries.
  • Develop effective and affordable vaccines, medicines, and other health tools.
  • Deliver proven health solutions to those who need them most.

The foundation’s Global Health Program that accounts for about 50 percent of total spending focuses on 20 diseases. The top five are: diarrheal diseases (including rotavirus), pneumonia, malaria—most deadly to kids—and AIDS and TB, which mostly affect adults.

Links to the health workforce crisis

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports advocacy efforts to build awareness of global health challenges, develop new ways to finance health programs, and improve health data. Studies have shown that improved health is critical to getting a country into the positive cycle of increasing education, stability, and wealth. This is accomplished through the right investments in healthcare, training of qualified medical workers and research for science.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined the Alliance in 2007 as a development Partner.

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