Johns Hopkins University's Advance Family Planning advocacy project began as a program to establish women's reproductive health networks and strengthen sustainable family planning and reproductive health advocacy programs in Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, and India. With a recent $24 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project will continue beyond its original three-year plan.
When you think of the world's largest health problem, you may land on the usual suspects like heart disease, cancer, AIDS or malaria. But it turns out that the world's biggest health isn't a disease at all. It's malnutrition. The Gates Foundation has one of its many sights set on eradicating this global scourge with its latest $45.7 million grant to the African Agriculture Technology Foundation.
Dr. Peter von Dadelszen of the University of British Columbia believes that pre-eclampsia, a blood pressure condition that effects pregnant women "should be as survivable in Nigeria as it is in Canada." The Gates Foundation agrees with Dr. von Dadelszen, and has granted him $17 million to make that survival rate happen.
Rotary International has stepped up its commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, donating $75 million toward eliminating the viral disease. Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have been working for over 25 years to rid the world of polio, donating over $1 billion to the cause.