Public Radio International received a two-year, $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead a major initiative to raise awareness, understanding and engagement around critical issues of health and development worldwide. This grant continues the philanthropic partnership between PRI and the Gates Foundation that began in 2004.
Building on the base of global health and development content produced by its “PRI’s The World,” PRI said it will use the grant to further extend the reach and impact of coverage around critical issues affecting the world’s poorest nations, such as maternal health and infant mortality; water, sanitation and hygiene; vaccines and immunization; infectious and chronic diseases; and food security and nutrition. PRI will generate energy and momentum around issues and topics that can ultimately translate into action and change by enabling people around the world to connect with each other on digital platforms, share their own stories and have those stories be the catalyst for further reporting on “The World.”
“Thanks to a groundbreaking philanthropic partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PRI successfully increased the prominence of global health and development issues in the daily news agenda,” said Alisa Miller, PRI’s President and CEO. “The continued funding will help us lead a groundbreaking effort to bring under-reported stories to light for millions of people, and through an integrated multi-platform approach, help them understand the impact they can have in the world.”