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July 18, 2005

Bill and Melinda Gates Institute Hosts Third Annual Summer Institute

Fifty-five mid-career and upper-level administrators from around the world came to Baltimore, Md., July 5-15, 2005, to enhance their knowledge and challenge their beliefs on standard reproductive health practices. The 2005 Summer Institute in Reproductive Health and Development was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Participants could take part in any one of three two-week seminars: reproductive health, strategic leadership or research methods.

Read about some of the participants:

More Needs to be Done: Islamic Women Learn of a Shared Vision

(From left) Kawther Badri, Shaheena Manzoor, and Arwa Mohamed Al-Rabea and attended the 2005 Summer Institute in Reproductive Health and Development. All agreed that their countries have begun to make progress in reproductive health.

Fighting AIDS in Ethiopia: Improving Access to Care

(From left) Sahlu Haile, Trhas Hailu Tesfaye, Abdulhamid Ahmed and Negatu Mereke went to the Research Methods seminar to strengthen their ability to confront some of the public health crises in their country.


Maryam Babangida
Walking with the People: Maryam Ibrahim Babangida

Maryam Babangida, the founder and executive chair of Nigeria's Better Life Programme, has always had “a passion for assisting the voiceless, the powerless.” She took part in the Gates Institute's Strategic Leadership Seminar.