WCD is supported by a coalition of 16 international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations and scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual and reproductive health.

Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205

Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomber

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health envisions a world where population-based science and evidence are discovered, developed and translated to improve the lives of all through universal and equitable access to family planning and reproductive health.

The Institute believes that the only way to achieve sustainable progress in family planning and reproductive health – progress that actually translates into empowerment and choice for women – is through evidence-informed practice and policy that is driven at the country level. We envision an evidence-driven world where all persons can make informed reproductive health decisions and have access to services to realize their choices.

The Gates Institute is housed within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health conducts and facilitates cutting-edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. The Institute works as an innovator, partner, advocate, and convener to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation, and to promote access to universal reproductive health and family planning for all.

The work of the Gates Institute is guided by four pillars:

  • Fill critical gaps in knowledge and generate new evidence
  • Translate evidence into policies, programs and practice
  • Strengthen the next generation of champions
  • Catalyze change through innovative investments and collaborations
Each individual pillar makes a specific contribution to the achievement of our goals, yet all four are synergistically intertwined. This strategy allows us to show impact at multiple levels: individual, institutional, national and global. We believe this comprehensive approach to be essential for achieving long-term, systemic change, particularly in light of the global development agenda set by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Gates Institute is primarily focused on Africa and Asia, but our reach is global.