Bill and Melinda Gates to Highlight Development Success Stories

    Bill and Melinda Gates captured during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo by: Sebastian Derungs / World Economic Forum / CC BY-SA World Economic ForumCC BY-SA

    Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the world’s largest charity, will be on the road in the coming months to talk about success stories in improving the health and lives of the world’s poorest people.

    “In October they wil be in London. Next year, they will go to Germany and France and possibly Spain. They are going to spread the word through an event they call Living Proof, which will tell of the success stories in aid and development,” Sarah Boseley shares in the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog.”

    Melinda Gates’ determination to highlight the success stories of international development was evident in her various speeches during last week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goals summit in New York, Boseley notes.

    At the summit, she talked about advances toward MDG 4, on reducing child deaths, in Malawi, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Melinda Gates recognized that the active work toward this goal and MDG 5, on improving maternal health, started late but emphasized that the important thing is that the “world is working on it.”

    “Stop dwelling on the problem, she is implicitly saying, and think about the solution,” Boseley writes.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.