The Power of Science and Innovation

Imagine what’s possible in the next 20 years if the world keeps on prioritizing health innovation for everyone.

There are new diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines in the research and development pipeline that will be cheaper, more effective, and easier to deliver than the current state-of-the-art. With powerful digital technologies, the world can speed up drug development and deliver care to places healthcare providers couldn’t reach before.

All people can have the chance to live longer, healthier lives. Child deaths can be cut in half again.

A world that prioritizes women’s health

Investing in women's health yields remarkable benefits, such as poverty reduction, gender equality promotion, and the establishment of thriving economies.

These outcomes have far-reaching positive impacts on families, communities, and economies, extending for years to come.

AI ultrasounds, single-dose HPV vaccines, and next-generation contraceptives, play a pivotal role in empowering women to reach their full potential.

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AI that centers equity and accelerates progress

By almost all estimations, rapid advances in AI will make transformative changes across societies and economies with the potential to fundamentally alter the way people communicate, work, learn, and improve their well-being. These are early days in the development of AI, and our focus on access and equity is fundamental to our current and future work with artificial intelligence.

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Kedest Tesfagiorgis Deputy Director, Global Partnerships & Grand Challenges, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation delivers opening remarks at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on October 28, 2019.

Great ideas come from everywhere

Since the beginning, Grand Challenges, the foundation's flagship R&D grantmaking program, celebrates its 20th anniversary this October at its annual meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates created the initiative in 2003 to encourage more brilliant scientists to think ambitiously about solving global health crises.

Read more about how Grand Challenges solves global health problems

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