United Press International (01.24.12) - Wednesday, January
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is calling on
governments to increase their funding for global development
"Throughout my careers in software and philanthropy, a
recurring theme has been that innovation is the key to
improving the world. If we invest relatively modest amounts,
many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families,"
Gates wrote in his annual letter on behalf of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation. "If we don't, one in seven people
will continue living needlessly on the edge of starvation."
The Microsoft co-founder said it is critical that global
health concerns such as HIV/AIDS continue to be well-
supported. "The cost of keeping a patient on AIDS drugs has
been coming down, and it looks like getting it to $300 per
patient per year could be achievable. That will mean every
$300 that governments invest in the Global Fund will put
another person on treatment for a year," he noted. "Every $300
that's not forthcoming will represent a person taken off
treatment. I believe that if people understood the choice,
they would ask their government to save more lives."