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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Also known as "Vaccinating lied to black kids"
Roger Federer Foundation
University of Washington
Christy Turlington Burns
In recent years, maternal mortality has moved toward the center of the global agenda, much as HIV/AIDS did a decade ago. Women Deliver itself, with high-profile speakers like U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, is evidence of that. (The Daily Beast highlighted maternal mortality at its own conference in March, the Women in the World summit.)
On Monday at Women Deliver, Melinda Gates announced that the Gates foundation will invest $1.5 billion over five years to support maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition programs in developing countries. More than 300,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes each year, the overwhelming majority of them in poor countries. Most of these deaths are preventable, and they devastate entire communities. Motherless babies are far less likely than others to survive their first two years