United Press International - January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. philanthropist Bill Gates
implored lawmakers Tuesday for increased financial aid to
In his annual letter on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, excerpted by Politico, Gates stressed innovations
that can bolster development and improve the quality of life in
the world's poorest countries.
"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. "If we don't,
one in seven people will continue living needlessly on the edge
Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, also detailed the
need for ongoing support to curtail AIDS and other global health
"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. 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."
The full text of the letter was to be released Tuesday night by