Philanthropy and Health

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I think we all have a great opportunity to make the world a better place. We have big aspirations, we believe that's possible to eradicate malaria. We believe the world can eradicate polio just the next few years. We have a lot of data that supports on both of those. But we also have to use our good judgement and show leadership in guiding people towards a vision of making the world a better place.

Bill and Melinda started the foundation with an important principle think of it as a founding principle. If all lives has equal value, but if you look around the world very quickly see that in fact the world doesn't operate on that principle of all lights have equal value, and that cause them to form the mission to invest their resources to build the foundation, to enable all people to have healthy and productive lives.

Now, to create that opportunity for people, you have to really think about where are we going to use our expertise, our resources in ways that will really make a difference. And of course when you're taking on the challenges of how you can make a contribution to the US public education system, or how you can help small holder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa transform their lives to be able to be more productive and support their kids in education.

Those are both very exciting challenges but they're big challenges. And then you think about how significant those challenges are, how you don't know exactly what it is that you need to do, but you may have some ideas. You know you need resources but you're not sure all the resources are going to be there.

So, as you taking on these challenges you begin to think about. What the obstacles? What are the things that might get in the way? How might I overcome those challenges? For example, diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa, those are diseases of poor people. They're not a market opportunity for pharmaceutical companies.

So, we stepped in with the willing to use our dollars to take social risks, or make social investments in order to create solutions for people who don't represent a market opportunity. One of our greatest bodies of work and early success has been in the area of vaccines and vaccines [xx].

Trying to make sure you bring those interventions to families and children in the developing world. The bottom line is that in the last 10 years, the Global Alliance of Vaccine Initiatives probably vaccinated 250 million to 300 million children, and saved on the order of five million lives that is a big success.

You can measure the success just in lives saved. And of course lives saved often means lives transformed. You have that in Philanthropy, that sense of community, that sense that we have a responsibility to give back and help the lives of other people. Be better and I carried that was in me all my life.

Always will..