Progress in India

The rate of child mortality has dramatically decreased in India, says Melinda Gates, a self-described “impatient optimist” in answers to questions about her hopes for the country.

Because having contraception choices transforms a woman’s life, she wants to see family planning reinstalled on the development agenda. And justice for women is no longer a remote ideal in India, she says, thanks in part to self-help groups.

She commends the country for investing in a cadre of community health workers—the group that can drive change in the poorest villages if India keeps training them, Gates says.

The Times of India

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