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Maladies and Miracles: Funding Media to Illuminate Health and Science

As a country, we are at a profound crossroads in how we understand and think about health and science. On one hand we’re in the midst of a loud — and mostly uninformed — debate about the safety of vaccines. On the other hand we are on the cusp of extraordinary breakthroughs in understanding and treating diseases like cancer. Read more

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Best Fiends – Malaria No More

In October 2014, Malaria No More announced a new partnership with mobile gaming developers Seriously, and their new hit game Best Fiends. A natural fit for each other thanks to the game’s handsome malaria-fighting mosquito Edward, the game created outstanding levels of awareness and education – including record setting web traffic to MalariaNoMore.org and Edward’s online home. Read more

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Looking Past Quarantine to Community Health

In between trips to Liberia, Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health visited Open Society Foundation’s offices to discuss his work on Ebola. OSF produced a series of videos featuring experts on the ground who share their wisdom about the current health crisis, and what can and must be done to stop it. Read more

The Impact (of) Game(s)

Media Impact Funders and Northern California Grantmakers held a special funder briefing at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco on games addressing science and health, related impact research, and what the future of this burgeoning field looks like for philanthropists interested in adding games to their programmatic investments. Read more

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Foldit

Foldit is a downloadable computer game that allows users to contribute to scientific research by folding protein models on their computer. Read more

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Generation Food

With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. The new documentary Generation Food examines this system. Read more

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Web Junkie

China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse of the Internet a clinical condition. Web Junkie explores lives of patients at the treatment facilities the Chinese Government has created to detox and cure teenagers of their addictions to online life.  Read more

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How Empowered Women Changed the World

Melinda Gates writes: “It’s a myth that saving lives leads to overpopulation.  Bill and I wrote about three myths that block progress for the poor in our Annual Letter. Read more

Media

After Tiller

Impact

Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing

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