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Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to deliver remarks at the African Union Summit 2019 and first annual Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health
9th – 10th February 2019

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 February 2019,-/African Media Agency (AMA) /- On February 9-10, Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be delivering remarks at the African Union Summit 2019 and the first annual Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health. Speaking to an audience of Heads of State and Government, representatives of the African Union and business leaders, he will highlight the remarkable progress made in the fight against poor health and the urgent need to further commit to and support investment in human capital to ensure this progress is not lost.

The Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health will be the first platform bringing together governments, private sector and the global development community, to coordinate and accelerate progress toward achieving Universal Health Coverage. Hosted by the African Union on February 9th ahead of its 32nd Summit, the meeting marks the launch of a new Africa-led initiative to deliver increased, sustained and more impactful financing for health across Africa.

Bill Gates will be joined by HE President Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda; Chair, African Union, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission, H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway, H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

During the AU Summit on February 10th, Bill Gates will deliver opening remarks, drawing on his, and the foundation’s experiences in Africa to discuss progress and challenges in reaching the development goals and making access to health services a reality for the world’s poorest.

With more than half of Africa’s population lacking essential health services, investing in health is a priority for the foundation, and key to unlocking productivity and innovation and driving economic growth across the continent.

Signalling the foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting African development, Bill Gates will be accompanied during his visit to Addis Ababa, by Cheikh Oumar Seydi who was recently appointed Africa Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Leading the foundation’s work across the continent, Cheikh Oumar Seydi will lead on partnering with African countries and supporting the mission of healthcare and poverty eradication.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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About 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 Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
 
About Bill Gates:
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.
Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions.

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects. He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gateses have three children.

 

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