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Parents at a kindergarten school learn how to access information about contraception on their smartphones using an app, Skata, during a session on family planning in Makassar, Indonesia.

Better contraceptives are coming

Modern contraceptives are highly effective at preventing pregnancy. These new technologies put women’s needs first.
By Kirsten Vogelsong Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Leekha trains a nurse, Beth, to perform an ultrasound scan with a handheld device and tablet at the Shangia Dispensary in Mariakani, Kenya.

Announcing $5 million in Grand Challenges AI grants to spur local innovation for global good

Nearly 50 projects are receiving up to $100,000 to pursue the use of AI to solve problems in global health and development.
By Zameer Brey Interim Deputy Director, Technology Diffusion, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Aboubacar Diop (center right) speaks to parents about the importance of HPV vaccinations at a clinic in Saint Louis, Senegal.

This vaccine can prevent cancer. But more adolescent girls need access to it.

The HPV vaccine is safe, effective, and protects against 95% of cervical cancers. Recent challenges have caused HPV vaccination rates to fall – but communities are poised to reverse those trends.
By Cathy Ndiaye Director of HPV Vaccine Programs, PATH