The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on poverty, health and education to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. The foundation builds partnerships that bring together resources, expertise, and vision — working with the best organizations around the globe to identify issues, find answers and drive change. Launched in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, the foundation works on all six continents to alleviate poverty, save lives in the developing world, strengthen education systems, and promote effective policy making. Beyond its investments in the development and distribution of vaccines for infectious diseases, the foundation places particular support on health system innovations that integrate solutions for family planning, maternal and child health, and nutrition. The foundation’s Global Health Division funds projects in health innovations and discoveries, enteric and diarrheal disease, HIV/AIDS, malaria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. Its Global Development Division funds projects in family planning, integrated delivery, maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene.