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Progress on global poverty, disease at risk, Gates says

Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to five million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Wednesday. Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major provider of global health and development funding, said there was currently “more doubt than usual about the world’s commitment to development”. A global health report by the foundation, co-authoured by the Gates and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (IHME), analysed progress against diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

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