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AUGUST 11, 2016
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Statement on Wild poliovirus in Nigeria
SEATTLE (August 11th, 2016) - The foundation is deeply concerned about the confirmation of wild poliovirus in Nigeria on what would have been the two-year anniversary with no reported cases on the continent of Africa. Polio is a terrible disease and we are saddened by the news that two children were paralyzed due to the virus.
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
No Time to Lose: Fulfilling Our Family Planning Promise to 120 Million Women
SEATTLE (November 12, 2015) – More women and girls than ever before are able to access contraceptives and family planning services. But a new report finds that the global community risks falling short of its goal to reach an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020. In response, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that it will invest an additional $120 million dollars in family planning programs over the next three years - a 25% increase on its current family planning funding.