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Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Partners Announce New Investments in Breakthrough Science

October 7, 2014
At an event in Seattle today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a group of international partners announced three new initiatives aimed at encouraging breakthroughs in science.

The event celebrates a decade of progress since the Gates Foundation’s launch of the initial Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which was created to catalyze scientific and technological innovation to achieve major breakthroughs in global health.

The three new initiatives include:

• All Children Thriving – focusing on developing new tools and holistic approaches to help mothers and children thrive in the developing world by ensuring a healthy birth for both mother and child and setting children on a path to healthy physical growth and cognitive development. All Children Thriving includes new initiatives and commitments from Grand Challenges Canada (Saving Brains); the Saving Lives at Birth partnership (including the US Agency for International Development, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the UK Department for International Development); the Governments of Brazil, India, and South Africa; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

• Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development - focusing on a rigorous understanding of women’s and girls’ needs and preferences and gender inequalities and supporting new approaches to promote women’s and girls’ empowerment that will enhance the ability to achieve multiple health and development goals.

• Creating New Interventions for Global Health – focusing on accelerating the translation of original and innovative concepts for vaccines, drugs and diagnostics into safe, effective, affordable and widely used interventions for diseases in the developing world.

Ongoing research under the original Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative includes promising projects that are speeding the development of new vaccines and strategies to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; new approaches to vector control and a new class of point-of-care diagnostics.

Through investments in high-risk, high-reward research, the next phase of Grand Challenges seeks bold solutions and strategies to address some of the most pressing global health and development issues of our time.

Please click here for the full press release. Trevor Mundel, President of the Gates Foundation, shared this blog post celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Grand Challenges.