Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Launched in 2000, the organization aims to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty worldwide and to expand education and access to technology in the United States. A leader in venture philanthropy, the Gates Foundation is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. Recently, Melinda has led the foundation’s new focus on empowering women. In 2016, she, along with her husband Bill, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her philanthropic impact.
“That’s what faith in action means to me. It’s when we turn toward our neighbors instead of away and use our lives to lift up others. And it’s something everyone can do — it doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of resources you have. It’s something that comes from the heart.”
“It’s important for all of us to recognize that maternal and child health are interconnected, and that, together, they form the cornerstone of healthy, thriving communities. Healthier women give birth to healthier babies. Healthier babies grow into healthier children. Healthier children learn better in school and grow up to be more productive members of their community. When you improve health outcomes for women and children, you improve life for everybody. For all these reasons, investing in maternal and child health is one of the best investments we can make in our future. A healthy mom can do the world a lot of good."
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