Even in wealthy nations, research and development for women’s health is woefully underfunded. While women are half the world’s population, only 1% of health care research spending goes toward female-specific conditions not related to cancer. This profound gender gap has a significant impact on women’s health and well-being, especially in light of the many extraordinary scientific and technological advances in other areas of health care.
To address this inequity, our foundation is investing in R&D to spur innovations in health and nutrition that can reduce maternal and child mortality, promote infection resilience for mothers and their babies, and improve prevention, detection, and treatment of conditions that primarily affect women. We also support development of new contraceptive technologies that can meet the needs and preferences of women and girls in low- and middle-income countries.
These investments will contribute to reducing poverty, advancing gender equality, and building more prosperous economies—with positive ripple effects for families, communities, and economies for years to come.
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