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lundi, février 07, 2011

How to improve health and reduce poverty in Africa ? The View from Seattle

The latest post from Bill Gates on The Economist's blog dedicated to Africa, Baobab explains the vision of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the tremendous work they are carrying out in Africa to solve some of its biggest challenges regarding the eradication of malaria, AIDS and the reduction of poverty and hunger through a better usage of the farmland on the continent.

The view from Seattle gives a good snapshot of the they are doing is stunning and humbling at once. Let's hope, many more follow their example.

"Since our first visit, many African countries have made striking advances, driven by wise government investments in health and education and agriculture. Incomes have risen.  Poverty has fallen. Trade and investment have doubled. Childhood deaths are down. Africa is on the rise. When a country has the skill and self-confidence to take action against its biggest problems, it makes outsiders eager to be a part of it. That is why Melinda and I are so optimistic about our work on the continent. We see the promise."

Image Sources: 
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johansen Laurel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By informant (Flickr: Space Needle From Biplane) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Christelle a dit…

The key in their progress is that they were able to find governments which made wise investments in health, education and agriculture as said in the excerpt. I strongly believe that if our governments were thinking first about the welfare of their own people, we wouldn't be so dependent of the great work of foundations like the one of Bill and Melinda Gates.
That great work would just add to our own efforts and help us evolve much faster than the pace we are at right now…