Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gates lauds progress on cutting extreme poverty, warns future in jeopardy

 Dar/ Seattle. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today 13th September said progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty and disease in recent decades, but issued a stern warning to the world that future progress is in jeopardy.

In its new report, Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data, the foundation highlights past progress against some of the most devastating issues facing poor countries and uses breakthrough data projections to forecast good and bad future scenarios – with millions of lives hanging in the balance.

The report tracks 18 data points from the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including child and maternal deaths, stunting, access to contraceptives, HIV, malaria, extreme poverty, financial inclusion and sanitation.

Through the data and first-person accounts from six contributors, the report showcases the progress the world has made in the past generation: cutting extreme poverty and child deaths in half and reducing HIV deaths and maternal deaths by nearly half, among many other accomplishments.

The report was edited by Bill and Melinda Gates and produced in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The report looks beneath the numbers to pinpoint the leaders, approaches and innovations that made a difference.

For example, a mere 10 percent cut in global donor funding for HIV treatment could result in more than 5 million more deaths by 2030.

In their introduction, Bill and Melinda Gates express concern that shifting priorities, instability and potential budget cuts could lead the world to turn away from its commitments, jeopardizing the positive trajectory needed to end extreme poverty and wipe out diseases by 2030.

“This report comes at a time when there is more doubt than usual about the world’s commitment to development,” Bill and Melinda Gates state in the report.

“Take it from the point of view of justice, or take it from the point of view of creating a secure and stable world: development deserves our attention.”