The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Learn more at http://www.gatesfoundation.org/.
A Note from Our Funder
The improvement of immunization data systems is a priority of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s routine immunization strategy. These systems today often do not provide sufficient high-quality data, nor make data accessible to the people who need it in order to make timely, well-informed decisions about how to best reach un- and under-immunized children.
PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation share a hypothesis that in order for these systems to change, we need to develop a suite of interventions that not only explore system improvements via new products, but also change the policies, practices, and culture of the people within the system. The BID Initiative explores the hypothesis that the simultaneous deployment of interventions across products, policies, people, and practices will succeed in increasing evidence-based decision-making. We believe that the approach that the BID Initiative takes—prioritizing affordability and country ownership over innovation and timeliness—will enable this suite of interventions to scale sustainably.
We are excited about making progress toward reaching a world where everyone in the health system has the information he or she needs to build a stronger immunization program.
by Skye Gilbert, Program Officer, Vaccine Delivery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation