Women in 8 sub-Saharan African countries are using modern contraception at a rate outpacing projections, a new study published in the Lancet Global Health shows.  

Rapid population growth and global warming are combining to dramatically threaten food security in Africa’s Sahel region—but solutions go hand-in-hand, too.   In Niamey, Niger, Sani Ayouba, who founded Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (Young Volunteers for the…

KIGALI—The delegates assembled for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning are more than just advocates of family planning, Gates Institute Director Jose “Oying” Rimon II said in his opening remarks. They might as well be superheroes, because family planning…

The world’s population is growing the fastest in the world’s poorest countries, threatening decades of progress fighting poverty and disease, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeeper’s report that is coming out today.  

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a challenge: "Reinvent the Toilet." Duke University researchers answered the call with a new system they’re testing out at a women's dormitory in Coimbatore, India.

Amid all the woes in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates hang on to hope. For their annual letter, they explain why—and tackle the 10 hardest questions they get. Highlights: #1: Why don’t you give more in the US? Melinda: “We don’t compare different people’…

The Lancet Global Health has brought together 30 health systems experts from 18 countries to create a blueprint for boosting the quality of health care in low- and middle-income countries. Launched in March, The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems…

This year’s annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates is literally a letter—to their friend Warren Buffet who plowed most of his fortune into the Gates Foundation in 2006. The renowned investor asked them to reflect on the Foundation’s last 10 years.   They responded with…

A dearth of comprehensive and reliable data on Africa thwarts successful innovation and development in that continent, says Ayo Ajayi, Africa Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   According to the World Bank, between 2000 and 2009, 26 countries in sub-…

Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend…