Chris Elias, MD, MPH, is president of the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to accelerate the delivery of proven health care products and solutions to those who need them most — especially women and children. Chris recently served as the president and CEO of PATH, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by developing innovative health technologies, strengthening health care systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
Why doesn't the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest more in fighting noncommunicable diseases? Why does the foundation engage with the private sector? Does Gates have too much influence over the World Health Organization? Three Gates Foundation leaders answer their toughest global development questions.
The Gates Foundation is embracing the Global Financing Facility and helping low-income countries deliver the quality health care that women and children need, when they need it, which will set in motion a chain reaction that can transform societies.
In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ending hunger is only part of the answer, writes Chris Elias, president of the global development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. How can food fortification be a powerful tool in the fight against hidden hunger?