Dangerous Distractions

Bill and Melinda Gates spread the good news—and some caution—about global health in a conference call yesterday, Factsa And News reported.

“The poorest parts of the world not only became less poor, they also became much, much healthier,” Melinda Gates said.

The global mortality rate for under-5s has dropped 50% since 1990, they noted, and much of that progress is driven by investment in key programs like The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. While 1999-2000 were marked by major global health investments, today's political turmoil risks distracting wealthy nations from key issues, Reuters reported.

Without sustained investment in global health, “we are going to see more death, more disease, and more instability in the world. And that's going to show up on the doorstep of the US, and in Europe,” Melinda Gates told Business Insider.

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