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Talking Polio, Education at TED
The TED Conference is known for highly stimulating talks by trailblazing thinkers (and doers) from around the world. They asked me to plan a session for this year’s conference, so I'm calling on speakers who will shed light on two of my favorite topics: eradicating polio and transforming educat...
At the UN in NY
3,000 Miles for 3 Minutes: A Global Call to End Polio
I’m joining an amazing group of global leaders and donors at the UN in New York this week. We’re coming together to state our pledge to eradicate polio, a global health goal that’s never been so close.
On the right track
A Great Meeting on Polio with Afghanistan Officials
Afghanistan faces real challenges in stopping polio. But after meeting with Afghani political and health leaders in Abu Dhabi, I’m optimistic they’re on the right track and that we will see a polio-free Afghanistan.
A name to know
A Hero in the Battle Against Polio
A Bangladeshi public health doctor, Asm Amjad Hossain, is the first recipient of the Gates Vaccine Innovation Award, which recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to advancing work in vaccine-preventable diseases.
The End Game against Polio
Fighting an infectious disease seems most necessary when it is of epidemic proportions. But with polio, intensified vaccination efforts could bring total eradication for all time. I believe that stamping out polio will have enormous benefits.
Let's finish the job
My Annual Letter: End Polio Now
Polio, once a worldwide scourge, threatens to make a comeback unless all countries do their part to eliminate it. Eradication is tantalizingly close but funding to fight the disease still falls short.
An incredible opportunity
Creating a Polio-Free World Requires Action Now
Ending polio is one of my top personal priorities and a big focus of our foundation’s work in global health. We’re incredibly close to eradicating polio forever, but it’s crucial that global leaders continue to provide the leadership, political will, and financial resources needed to finish the...
My #1 Priority
Day 2 at the UN: Uniting against Polio
Polio has almost been eradicated from the face of the Earth – but not quite, not yet. In New York on Thursday, heads of state and other world leaders came together to recommit to finally closing the door on this disease. It was very inspiring.
"Last mile" to polio
Digital Mapping Technology Helps Polio Vaccinators Zero In
One of the things I’ve learned working on the global effort to eradicate polio is that it’s a complex war fought with lots of people on the ground and very detailed plans by vaccination teams to ensure that no children are overlooked. Now, public health officials have another tool in their arse...
we can't stop now
It’s Time to Vanquish Polio
Polio could be the first disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. World Polio Day helps to raise funds and bring increased awareness to how close we are in the fight to end this crippling disease.
An Encouraging Visit
Nigeria Advances the Fight against Polio
In a visit to Africa’s most populous nation, I witnessed remarkable progress against polio, with lessons for the fight against infectious diseases worldwide.
Our Plan to Eradicate Polio
First published in the Wall Street Journal, this opinion piece urges fast action by the global health community to eradicate polio in the three countries where it remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
A childhood terror
The History of Polio in the U.S.
David Oshinsky, the author of 'Polio: An American Story' reflects on the history of polio and the final push needed for eradication.
A Broad-based commitment
Nigeria’s Progress against Polio
A broad-based commitment to vaccination programs is bringing Nigeria close to putting an end to the disease.
Speaking at the Rotary Club
Rotarians Urged to Create Noise on Polio
Over 25 years, Rotary has contributed more than $1B to eradicate polio, and has teamed with the foundation to raise $555 million to help stamp out "the final 1 percent." At Rotary's annual convention, I urged members to keep the issue alive globally and with local government leaders.
Closing in on 1%
Turning the Corner on Polio in 2012
The changes and progress in 2012 have made for the most convincing case yet that ending polio is possible – and is one of the most concrete accomplishments possible for global health.
On the Right Track
What I Learned About Polio in Nigeria
I had a great visit to Nigeria last month and was able to learn firsthand about how work is going on polio eradication and immunizing kids against preventable diseases. There’s a tremendous opportunity now for Nigeria to eradicate polio and it was exciting to meet with many of the government an...
World Polio Day: A Day to Learn, Act, Donate
Since 1988, 200 countries and 20 million volunteers have joined forces in the global effort to end polio. This year alone, nearly 400 million children have been vaccinated. I’m proud to be part of this effort. I hope you’ll join me in ending polio forever.
Polio: An American Story
Here's my review of the Pulitzer-prize winning book Polio: An American Story by author David Oshinsky.
3rd Annual Letter
2011 Annual Letter
My third annual letter on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work talks about foreign aid, vaccines, polio, and the importance of leadership.
Food and agriculture
2012 Annual Letter
My annual letter for 2012 focuses on food and agriculture, and the urgency of investing to end extreme poverty despite economic turmoil. I have good news but also a concern that continued progress could be threatened by global economic turmoil.
A man of letters
My Annual Letter: Accelerating Impact through Measurement
On January 30, I’ll be sending out my annual letter. It’s the fifth one I’ve written and I look forward to sharing what we’ve learned in our work at the foundation and how that learning will be applied to our efforts moving forward. Most of all, I really enjoy hearing back from you and many of...
Two days for 60 minutes
Talking to 60 Minutes
I just watched Charlie Rose’s story on 60 Minutes about the work Melinda and I are doing. I’ve spoken with Charlie several times over the years and am always impressed by how well-prepared and thoughtful he is.
How I Became the Editor of WIRED (for One Issue)
As someone who is usually reading magazines (or occasionally appearing in them), I hadn’t spent a lot of time thinking about what goes into producing a regular periodical. I got a crash course in Publishing 101 over the past few months thanks to a really interesting and fun collaboration with W...
Five Questions from the Twitterverse
Last week, I did an onstage Q and A with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey at the annual investors summit hosted by Vinod Khosla. Jack also solicited questions from the Twitterverse. Here are my thoughts on a few of the questions from his followers.
a very good year
Good News You Might Have Missed in 2013
Unlike a lot of people's year-end lists, I thought I would share a different kind of list: some of the good news you might have missed. I've limited my list to global health and development, where Melinda and I spend a lot of time, but even so, there's a lot to report.
A Day of Criss-Crossing Manhattan
Day two in New York just ended, and it was another terrific day. Melinda and I got to see a lot of people who share many of the goals we're working on.
The people I met
Photos from My Trip to Ethiopia and Zambia
On my recent trip to Ethiopia and Zambia, I met with health workers, families, and farmers, and learned about the progress they are making in meeting healthcare and agricultural challenges.
Teaming with Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill
On March 10, I was in Washington, DC, where Melinda received the Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices for her leadership in development. I also testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The End of a Crazy Week in NYC
It was a terrific final day at the U.N. for Melinda and me today. The highlight was our chance to address the members of the General Assembly at a special meeting to discuss the Millennium Development Goals.
A solid investment
Why Our Foundation Invests in India
There is no better place to have an impact than India. That is why I believe India is a solid investment for anyone who cares about development.
Kicking Off the Week with Nigeria's President
It's the kickoff to U.N. Week here in New York, and while locals like to complain about the traffic (I can see why), it is a great opportunity for me to meet with leaders from parts of the world where our foundation is working—to talk about global health and development projects.
In the slums of Mumbai
Q&A with Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
With its detailed depiction of life in one of Mumbai’s urban slums, 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' is one of those books that makes you wonder about the story behind the story. So I asked author Katherine Boo if she would answer a few questions.
Conversations in Abu Dhabi
The Majlis Lectures
While in Abu Dhabi this week, I took part in a Majlis, a wide-ranging dialogue about global issues hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
A Good Trip
Why I’m Going to India
India is in an interesting position: It has both a deep understanding of the challenges and great capacity to help solve them. India’s cities are flush with highly educated people working in well-funded labs, as well as extremely poor communities like the slum in Uttar Pradesh that I visited la...
A busy day in NY
Day 1 at the UN: Talking Health and Development
As the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York this week, I’ve been asked to come and speak about the need for nations around the world to recommit to eradicating polio. Here are some notes from my first day at the UN.
Day 1 at the UN: Good Friends from Around the World
For me, Wednesday afternoon at the UN General Assembly was a great chance to catch up with some of our allies from all over who are working on the frontlines of global health and development.
Teaming up with FC Barcelona
More Than a Goal: End Polio
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming up with FC Barcelona to draw attention to vaccines and polio. This exciting partnership brings together two organizations with a history and commitment to improving children’s lives. It creates an opportunity for millions of fans worldwide to...
Photos from my trip
Snapshots of UN Week
View photos from my trip to New York for a special UN session on eradicating polio. I had a chance to meet with some of our partners in this fight - from Barcelona footballers to the President of Afghanistan.
Not Letting Up
Going the Last Mile in India
Recognizing a precious opportunity, India is not letting up in its drive to stamp out polio in the few regions where it still hides out.
A Kind of Magic
My Annual Letter: Vaccine Miracles
Global vaccination programs and vaccine research fight disease and save millions of lives. In my 2011 letter as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I explain how vaccines can ultimately help eradicate poverty and overpopulation, boost education and protect the environment.
Off to a great start
Global Vaccine Summit: We Changed History
I wanted to share my excitement over the outcomes of the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, celebrating the huge progress toward ending polio and protecting all children with life-saving vaccines.
Not Your Typical Vaccine Conference
This week I'm going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children.
Thoughts and drawings
Vaccines Save Lives
My thoughts about vaccines and polio, drawn on sketch paper.
Why Vaccines Matter
Providing greater access to existing vaccines and making new vaccines available quickly could save 8 million lives by 2020. With a 10-year, $10 billion commitment, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting immunization programs designed to reach children in the world’s poorest count...
More work to do
Speech Urges Sustained Effort to Eradicate Malaria
On October 18, at the foundation’s second annual Malaria Forum, I spoke about the progress being made in the war against the dreaded parasitic disease. But more needs to be done to control and eradicate it, including a higher level of preventive drug treatment for pregnant women, additional res...
A difficult job worth doing
A Commitment to Global Health
I'm celebrating the progress made in global health and calling on the World Health Assembly to support vaccines for all children.
A Grand Challenge: Unorthodox Research Ideas
To spur innovative thinking about health solutions for developing countries, Grand Challenges Explorations is making $100,000 grants to fund non-traditional early-stage research projects. Applications for the latest round of grants will be accepted through May 19.
In spite of tough conditions
Progress & Promise in Nigeria
In 2000, all 192 member states of the United Nations agreed to work together to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. I believe we all can learn from the MDG progress being made in Nigeria, which faces some of the greatest challenges.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Bruce Aylward's TED2011 Talk
Public health experts and millions of volunteers have worked intensively over the last 20 years to rid the world of polio. With a sustained final push, eradication is possible, says Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Meeting problems with solutions
India Day 1: Getting Better All The Time
Halfway through the first day of my India trip, TV personality Prannoy Roy told a story I think really highlights the progress of India’s long journey to better health.
Life in Lucknow
Day One in India, May 2012
I’m in India this week, and my first stop is in the state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). In U.P.’s capital, Lucknow, I’m meeting with people from just about the two most opposite ends of the social spectrum.
Vaccines and mangoes
India: Day Two
My second full-day in India started with a meeting with a high-level delegation from Pakistan of people working on eradicating polio in their country. It was tremendously kind of them to come to Delhi to see me. We had a lot to discuss.
One year polio-free
India Marks a Milestone for Child Health
This Friday will mark a full year since the last case of wild poliovirus was detected in India. This is a huge milestone in the history of global health. But the fight against polio is not over.
20 years of growth
If you’re wondering whether development aid programs really do any good, or if you doubt that government spending on things like health can really make a difference, then you should go to India, as I did again just recently.
The people I met
My Trip to India
I go to India at least once a year to see the progress of the work our foundation is doing there. I’ve posted several videos from my most recent visit.
partners in progress
New Generation of Gulf Leaders in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Disease
Young leaders in the Gulf region are taking advantage of the region’s rising prosperity, its unique insights and technical savvy, and combining them with a long tradition of charity to make unique contributions to the global fight against poverty and disease. That was my message in a speech at...
once and for all
New Health Partnership in Middle East
I’m pleased to share news of an important collaboration with United Arab Emirates’ deputy supreme commander, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. We’re joining together to immunize a generation of children through the purchase and delivery of vital va...
We have proof
Real Lives. Real Progress.
Optimism is always in short supply, but it’s needed to sustain efforts to improve global health and support development. Fortunately, thanks to development aid, reasons for optimism abound. To help highlight them, and Melinda and I are actively involved in the Living Proof campaign.
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture was founded in the 1970’s in memory of one of the UK’s most influential broadcasters and is hosted each year by the BBC. I was incredibly honored to deliver the keynote speech for this year’s Dimbleby Lecture at The Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Travels in India
Seeing Self-Help in Action in India
I was on the road again in May 2010 on a visit to northern India. I came back excited by the progress I saw in villages that have suffered from dire poverty and the persistence of polio.
Visiting Tanzania: A Battleground in the Fight Against Malaria
I get to Africa at least once a year to see first-hand how the foundation’s work in global health is progressing. It is a multi-faceted effort that includes eradicating polio and treating and preventing other diseases, including AIDS and tuberculosis. On my most recent trip – to Tanzania – Meli...
Meeting the people
The Urban Health Initiative in India
I always look forward to visiting India for the opportunity to meet people who are benefiting from projects we’re supporting in key health areas, like family planning, polio eradication, and HIV/AIDS.
What I’m Learning about Ghana
I'm visiting Ghana to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved.
Reasons to visit
Why I went to India – my reasons and a video preview of my reflections on the trip.
Entertaining, well-written, and full of surprises and insights, 'SuperFreakonomics' is Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s follow up to 'Freakonomics'.
Dirt and Disease: Polio Before FDR
In early 20th century America, the poor were often blamed for the spread of polio. The disease wasn’t fully understood, and it took a lot to overcome this.
The Next Great Market Opportunity: Sanitation for India’s Poor
If you‘re inclined to take your toilet for granted, consider this. Half of all patients in hospitals in developing countries are there because of problems with water and sanitation. Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the sanitation issue is starting to get the traction it deserves: Delhi...
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
In my report to the G20 Summit, my recommendations on development aid will be based on solid data about what is and isn’t effective in helping the 2.5 billion people who barely get by each day. A great source of data-driven wisdom about development is the book Poor Economics.
Ask Me Anything
View the questions and answers from Bill's first-ever Reddit Ask Me Anything.