Wednesday, January 13, 2010

“Impatient Optimists”, Bill and Melinda Gates, Highlight 50 Years Of Progress Made Toward Global Poverty Reduction

According to the Gates’, significant strides have been made over the past 50 years. As the US and other countries have increased their investment in the fight against global poverty, there has been a corresponding decrease in the number of child deaths as well as a decrease in the cost of drugs to combat Malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis, and Small Pox. Melinda Gates also notes that efforts in family planning have successfully resulted in a decrease to the number of children being born to women, which has correlated to an increase in child survival because families are better able to care for their children.

This short video clip highlights a recent speech made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on behalf of the strides made in the last 50 years in the battle against global poverty. Gates cites the halving of child deaths due to preventable diseases as well as the lowering of drug costs as just two improvements that have occurred in the past 50 years as a result of US investment in the developing world.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation