We are still not doing enough to close the gender gap; it is girls in rural areas who will be the last to go school. The harsh reality is we cannot talk about the prosperity of women and girls in Africa if we don't tackle the reasons girls are discriminated against and made vulnerable to exploitation in the first place.
When Britain is congratulated for doing something extraordinary you want to hear what it is we've done... Mr Gates robustly applauded the UK's historic contributions to global health through its strong commitment to overseas aid. This can be seen with the UK's current response to the Ebola crisis. But he particularly highlighted the UK's remarkable contribution to the huge progress made in tackling malaria - the oldest and deadliest disease - which in the past 15 years has seen child deaths cut in half and over three million young lives saved.
Alcohol Concern's recent survey of MPs revealed that a quarter of them believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in parliament. Not surprising, really. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but many of us don't realise that relatively low levels of consumption can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing.
We like to think of ourselves as a generous nation in the UK - especially with the success of our national fundraising appeals like Red Nose Day and Children in Need. There is a lot of visible giving in this country, from high-street charity shops to fun runs and sponsored stunts. But actually, the culture of giving in the UK is not as strong as we think.
If one thing was made clear by the scale of the recent anti-child slavery demonstration of 200,000 young people in the Burmese capital Rangoon, it is that regimes can repress for a time but they cannot maintain their repression indefinitely. The marches show that while children may disappear one by one into slavery, sold off by relatives or neighbours, becoming in effect invisible people - the victims' cries for help cannot be silenced forever, and eventually the truth will out.