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Bill Gates  Sharing things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests.

Life is so much better knowing you have my back, @melindafrenchgates. Happy birthday to my better half at home and at work.

After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, many wrote the country off as a lost cause when it came to public health. Today, its health system is a model for other nations to follow.
Many people were involved in making this dramatic turnaround possible – from government leaders to health workers to the people of Rwanda themselves. One name, however, comes up again and again: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho.

In the 1970s, two Colombian pediatricians were facing a big problem: a lack of incubators made survival for preterm infants extremely challenging. Looking for a solution, they drew inspiration from how kangaroos care for their young. This approach has been shown to reduce newborn mortality by more than 50 percent.

After spending time with the brilliant scientists and advocates working to stop Alzheimer’s – and the Alzheimer’s support community – I’m more hopeful than ever that we can make progress against this devastating disease. I'm excited to share that my next investment in Alzheimer’s research is in a new fund called Diagnostics Accelerator.

In 2012, my dad went to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa along with President Carter. Mandela took them to a clinic that cared for infants born with HIV. As reporters and photographers looked on, he picked up one of the babies and held it in his arms. President Carter and my dad did the same. The next day, the image of all three men cradling HIV-positive babies was broadcast throughout South Africa. It sent a powerful message: that people did not need to be afraid of touching a person with HIV. I love this photo, because it reminds me of the indelible example that Mandela set for all of us. #mandeladay

Thanks to @lastmilehealth, more than 500 community health workers now serve 280,000 people in two of Liberia’s most hard-to-reach counties. “These are community members,” co-founder and CEO Dr. Raj Panjabi told me, “who may have a middle-school to a high-school education and can be trained and equipped to provide high-impact medical care just within a matter of weeks.”

“I hope you’ll join me to work for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear.” @malala’s mission inspires me today and every day. #MalalaDay

Dr. Raj Panjabi recently showed me one of the backpacks created by @lastmilehealth, the non-profit he co-founded in Liberia. Using just the tools in the backpack, a community health worker can provide 30 basic services in the most remote areas of the country.

So many of my favorite family memories, both as a kid and now, have been out on Hood Canal with my dad. We had a wonderful #4thofJuly yesterday and hope you did too.

This revolutionary cooler keeps vaccines at the right temperature for at least five days with no ice, no batteries, and no power required.

Buddy comedy coming soon. #bestfriends

My dad and I share the same name. After starting Microsoft, people used to ask him if he was the real Bill Gates. I always hope he says, “Yes.” I hope he tells them that he’s all the things the other one aspires to be.
Happy #fathersday to the real Bill Gates.

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