Bill Gates Urges Voters, Governments To Continue Funding Global Health Initiatives

Business Day: EXCLUSIVE: Bill Gates keeps pushing for disease-free world amid growing skepticism
“On the face of it, the timing could hardly seem to have been worse for Bill Gates. The billionaire founder of technology company Microsoft, known now for his philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was in Davos to make a pitch for what seems inimical to the mood in global politics. … Gates was there to make the case for these very governments to sign up to funding for global health initiatives in developing countries — far away places that are hardly at the top of priority lists for their electorates. … ‘It’s really the continued willingness of the voters and politicians in the top aid donor countries that will determine if [the Global Fund and other global health initiatives] continu[e] or not,’ Gates said in an interview at the annual meeting of the WEF…” (Mnyanda, 1/28).