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Gates Foundation CEO Writes Letter Detailing Initiatives, Goals In Global Health, Development, Education

New York Times: Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Guide of the Gates Foundation
“On her second anniversary as chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a global colossus of philanthropy, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann wrote of progress against smoking in the Philippines, polio across the world, and sleeping sickness in Africa. … We spoke for an hour at her office in Seattle. A condensed and edited version of the conversation follows…” (Dugger, 5/23).

Tech Insider: The head of the Gates Foundation reveals the biggest challenge in the world right now
“…Desmond-Hellmann, the former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco and an oncologist by training, has been at the foundation for two years. Now she’s taking stock with a progress report detailing what the Gates Foundation is all about (in a nutshell: a belief that all lives have equal value, and that everyone deserves opportunities for a healthy and productive life) as well as the wins and tough lessons from the foundation’s recent work in everything from polio to education. Tech Insider spoke with Desmond-Hellmann about what the Gates Foundation has been working on during her tenure as well as where it’s going in the future…” (Schwartz, 5/23).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola, Zika Push Global Health Leaders on Disease Fight, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Says
“The Ebola and Zika epidemics are pushing governments, industries, and philanthropies to work together to develop cutting-edge technologies to combat infectious disease threats, according to the chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ‘You have to have an aggressive strategic plan,’ said Sue Desmond-Hellmann in an interview, ahead of the release of a letter Monday reflecting on the foundation’s lessons learned as it has invested more than $36.7 billion in global health, development, and U.S. education initiatives…” (McKay, 5/23).

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