How can every child achieve their dreams? First step, vaccination. Vaccines help to ensure children around the 🌍 have the opportunity to grow, thrive and dream 💭 without fear of preventable disease. #VaccinesWork
Chiedozie Egesi in Nigeria, Clare Mukankusi in Uganda, and Shivali Sharma in India: these scientists are breeding climate-smart crops to help farmers adapt to climate change. They give us hope that #ZeroHunger is within our grasp. Check our IG Story to learn more. 📷: Georgina Smith (CIAT), Cornell University and Michael Major (Crop Trust).
Improving breastfeeding practices could save over 820,000 lives/year. 👶 You can be a #BreastfeedingHero by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. #WBW2019 ©Gates Archive/Sam Phelps
Dr. Uche Ralph-Opara is a #BreastfeedingHero. A mother of 4, she led an @aliveandthrive initiative in Lagos to deploy groups of Breastfeeding Guardians, who give 1-1 support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. They also conduct advocacy activities to encourage action from leaders and politicians around breastfeeding and improving the health of the next generation. 🤱 #WBW2019 📷: ©Gates Archive/Yagazie Emezi
A mother who gives her baby a healthy start in life through breastfeeding is a #BreastfeedingHero 🤱🏾 Research shows that mothers are 2.5 times more likely to breastfeed in places where it's protected, promoted and supported. Let’s make it easier for parents everywhere to nourish their babies. #WBW2019 📷: ©Gates Archive/Yagazie Emezi
Supporting mothers in their breastfeeding journey is a collective responsibility. This World Breastfeeding Week, let’s celebrate moms – and the family members, employers, policymakers, and health workers who support them. Who is your #BreastfeedingHero? 🤱
It’s World Breastfeeding Week! 🤱 Our #BreastfeedingHero is the health worker who empowers mothers with the information and support they need to breastfeed successfully. Who is yours? Post a picture with #BreastfeedingHero 📷: ©Gates Archive/Mansi Midha + Yagazie Emezi
On #MandelaDay, we remember that even small actions can have great impact. Let's honor his legacy by working to build a better world for all.
It's #MalalaDay! Throwback to 2017 when Goalkeeper @Malala inspired others to accelerate global progress by ensuring all girls have access to education. #fbf 📷: © Gates Archive/Greg Kessler
2 years ago today, 🌎 leaders gathered with @rotaryinternational & other Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners in Atlanta to pledge over $1.2 billion to help #EndPolio. Today, the latest GPEI strategy outlines a plan to achieve & sustain a polio-free world. Let's make sure it has the resources it needs to get there 💪. (📷 ©Gates Archive/Sam Phelps/Prashant Panjiar)
A BIG welcome to these outstanding leaders who make up our first ever Goalkeepers Advisory Board. 👏🙌👏🙌 Swipe up on our story to learn more about them.
A degree is more than a piece of paper. It's crucial for success in today's economy.
Happy Mother's Day to the ultimate vaccine heroes. Moms around the 🌍 know that #VaccinesWork 💉 to give their babies a shot at a healthy life.
Which teacher do you want to thank? #ThankATeacher
Tag a teacher friend who's not afraid to be a pusher. 🙌 Behind every successful student is a teacher who inspired and supported them. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! #ThankATeacher
People around the 🌍 should have access to lifesaving vaccines—regardless of where they live—to ensure that we are all #ProtectedTogether. #VaccinesWork Art: @sophieblackall
Thank you for helping us meet the match! You shared the message #VaccinesWork more than a million times, so we are contributing $1 million to @UNICEF! 📷: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Ryan Lobo
These dedicated health workers go door-to-door bringing polio immunizations to children in Cameroon, because they know #VaccinesWork.
Not all heroes wear capes. Thank you to the families around the 🌍 who choose to protect their loved ones and communities with lifesaving vaccines! #ProtectedTogether #VaccinesWork 📷: Gates Archive
When we lift up women, we lift up humanity. How will you commit to gender equality in your own life? Share it using #MomentofLift.
These beans have a superpower - they handle heat that would kill other crops. ☀️ Our partners @CGIARclimate are helping poor farmers adapt to the changing climate with innovations like this one. This #EarthDay, let's #accelerateadaption with even more innovations to help us farm sustainably. 🌾 📷: Georgina Smith/CIAT
#TBT From dogs to drones, it’s amazing to think about the creative ways we’ve delivered health services like vaccines over the years. 💉 ▪️In 1925, a dog sled relay helped transfer the antitoxin to stop a diphtheria outbreak in Alaska. ▪️Since then we’ve kept that innovative spirit, using everything from planes, trains and automobiles to camels, bicycles and boats. ▪️Today, we’re even using delivery drones to reach people in remote areas with vaccines. Swipe ➡️ to see the evolution. #VaccinesWork 📷: CDC/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/UNICEF
#TBT to 1963 when the measles vaccine was first introduced. Since then, measles deaths around the 🌎 have ⬇️ by over 95%! #VaccinesWork
These four people who passed laws, built schools, and saved lives are our #MondayMotivation. Visit evoke.org (swipe up in our story) to meet Ellen, Patricia, Sudha and David, and learn about how they are lifting up others.
Today, India and the WHO South-East Asia Region celebrate 5 years officially polio-free 👏. Thank you to all of the vaccinators for their hard work to reach every child with the polio vaccine. It took 13 billion doses of oral polio vaccine, 2.3 million vaccinators per campaign, and 200 nationwide campaigns to #endpolio in India. 📷: ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar, @rotaryinternational/Alyce Henson
Around 1,300 children die every day from diseases like typhoid, cholera, and rotavirus, that they get from contaminated water, food, or other surfaces. These diseases are largely preventable through access to clean water, improved sanitation, and vaccines. This #WorldWaterDay, we salute our partners working to ensure every child can have access to these important preventive measures. 📍: Dakar, Senegal 📷: ©Gates Archive/Sam Phelps
How can goats empower women? 🐐 In India, rural women are gaining financial independence by becoming goat nurses. They bring them out for grazing, vaccinate them, take care of them when they’re ill, and sell them at the market - and it's proving to be an important source of income. Swipe up on our story to learn more. 📷: © The Gates Notes LLC / Guy Tucker
These powerful images were inspired by the theme "forward," and give a glimpse into some of the triumphs and challenges faced by women around the world. Swipe up on our story to learn more about them. #IWD2019 📷: @yagazieemezi, @magdarakita, @andrewesiebo, Courtney Garvin, Jana Romanova, Katie Jett Walls
This International Women's Day, we're celebrating progress made by women, for women. Goalkeeper @amikageorge founded the #FreePeriods campaign that fights to ensure no girl has to miss school because of her period. Here she explains what prompted her to take action. Swipe up on our story to learn more about the campaign and what's needed to accelerate progress. #IWD2019
#TBT to one of the first trips that moved Bill and Melinda to action, 25 years ago. They share more sources of inspiration in their Annual Letter, linked in our bio. What has inspired you to take action?
"These investments are overwhelmingly smart things to do. Progress benefits everyone." #WednesdayWisdom from @ThisIsBillGates. Link in bio for more.
Mobile phones📱are empowering women around the world by giving them access to info about family planning, pregnancy and child health practices, and by giving them financial independence through mobile banking. Surprised? Learn more about the ways mobile phones are helping fight gender barriers globally via the link in bio. 📷: © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar
Africa is the world's youngest continent, with a median age of only 18 years. Investing in Africa's youth can unlock the continent's huge potential. Find out more via the link in our bio. 📷: © Gates Archive/Dominique Catton
Nothing puts a smile on a mother's face like knowing her baby is protected from deadly childhood diseases. Thanks to India’s recent rollout of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 💉, babies like Kushar will be protected and have healthier lives. #VaccinesWork 📷: @mansimidha
"They are the best investments that @MelindaFrenchGates and I have made in the past 20 years, and they are some of the best investments the 🌎 can make in the years ahead."
#TBT to 1998 and the early days of @thisisbillgates and @melindafrenchgates’s philanthropy. Over the past two decades, we have given $10 billion to global health funds committed to saving lives in developing countries.
You can't beat the ROI of investing in global health.
Thanks to Dr. Patrick Singa and the team at @babyl_rwanda, access to health care has become as easy as dialing *811*. "One of the reasons I joined babyl is the fact that patients can reach our service from the convenience of their homes, and are able to get treated earlier before their condition worsens and becomes costly for them and the health system,” says Dr. Patrick Singa. #HealthForAll 📷: © Gates Archive/Samantha Reinders
Sometimes, it takes a village… to reach a village. Health workers, community leaders, and parents do whatever it takes to make sure that children around the world receive the vaccines 💉 they need. #VaccinesWork #ChildHealth 📷: Prashant Panjiar
We may all speak different languages, but there is one thing that parents and caretakers around the world have in common: they want their children to be safe and healthy. @gavialliance, with support from many partners, has helped families give 700 million children a shot at a healthy life by reaching them with life-saving vaccines since 2000. #VaccinesWork #ChildHealth 📷: Nana Kofi Acqua/Mansi Midha
"A single individual with a boundless passion for a good idea can change lives for the better." -Bill Gates Sr. Wishing Bill Gates Sr. a very happy 93rd birthday today.🎂 📷: ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar
“A person’s a person no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss On #UniversalChildrensDay, we hold close to our hearts that every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to basic health care and simple, life-saving solutions like vaccines. To make this dream become a reality, we must ensure that vaccines reach every child, everywhere. #VaccinesWork 📷: © Gates Archive/Dominique Catton
It’s #AfricaWaterWeek! We celebrate all our partners on the ground who help deliver life-saving vaccines that protect against diseases like cholera, which is caused by contaminated water. Cholera affects approximately 1.4 million people every year. More than half of these cases occur in Africa. Today, the global health community is working hard to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent by 2030, including by delivering lifesaving vaccines to people in need. 📷: WHO/Acland
See that tablet? It’s transforming immunization coverage in Tanzania. With a swipe of a finger, health workers can track vaccine stocks and immunization history. This helps ensure they can reach every last child, even in areas like the remote, highland plains of the Ngorongoro region of Tanzania. 📷: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
For every polio vaccine that’s delivered, there are many people working behind the scenes. From cold chain managers who ensure vaccines are stored at proper temperatures, to environmental surveillance officers who help us understand where the virus exists, to data managers who track each child reached by the polio program, to the vaccinators reaching every last child – we thank you for your bold steps to #EndPolio for good. 📍: Pakistan #WorldPolioDay 📷: @mobeenansariphoto
Across Papua New Guinea, thousands of polio vaccinators are working hard to reach every last child with the oral polio vaccine. Thank you, vaccinators and volunteers, for your work to protect children everywhere. #EndPolio 📷: Brendan Esposito, @gavialliance
For vaccines to reach every child, sometimes health workers have to get creative. At this year’s Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, global leaders are coming together to discuss how to accelerate new innovations and strategies to protect all children, no matter where they live. #VaccinesWork 📷: @UNICEF
This International #DayoftheGirl, we recognize the power of vaccines to defend against diseases that disproportionately affect girls—like HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. The fourth most common cancer in women, cervical cancer claims the lives of an estimated 266,000 women each year. If we reach every girl with the vaccines she needs, we can help ensure that she has the potential to lead a healthy life, attend school and achieve her dreams. 📷: Dominique Catton / © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation