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At Meetings, Bill Gates Calls For Improved Global Health Data, More Foreign Aid, International Cooperation

GeekWire: Bill Gates calls for more data, foreign aid for global health work amid talks of huge U.S. spending cuts
“As federal leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., to propose a slate of tax and spending cuts Wednesday, hundreds of experts gathered in Seattle for a very different reason: Shaping the future of global health work. Speaking at the event, Microsoft founder and global health philanthropist Bill Gates put the spotlight on how better data has saved millions of lives in the past two decades and also called for international cooperation and foreign aid to continue that lifesaving work, despite the rise of isolationism and a skepticism of science in the U.S…” (McGrane, 9/27).

GeekWire: How Bill Gates used his ‘favorite chart of all time’ to battle Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts
“…[T]here’s one chart that stands out above the rest, and Gates and other global health leaders recently put that chart to work in battling foreign aid cuts proposed by the Trump administration. … The chart shows that in 1990, 85 in 1,000 children around the world died before the age of five. By 2016, that number had more than halved to just 38 children. … To illustrate what would happen if funding was cut to global health work, Gates and other global health leaders projected the chart to 2030…” (McGrane, 9/27).

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