gatesnotes
The blog of Bill Gates
gatesnotes
The blog of Bill Gates

Spain Has Saved Millions of Lives

GO
Filter By
Posts
Videos
Your search for "", with selected filters, does not match any posts. Please try again with a different search term or reset filters.

Popular searches include: Books, Malaria, and Future of Food.
RELATED ARTICLES ON
Please complete your account verification. Resend verification email.
This verification token has expired.
Your email address has been verified. Update my profile.
Your account has been deactivated. Sign up to re-activate your account.
View all newsletters in the newsletter archive
Logout:


Become a Gates Notes Insider
- or - Sign up with email
This email is already registered. Enter a new email, try signing in or retrieve your password
Send me updates from Bill Gates
Sign Up
Join the Gates Notes community to access exclusive content, comment on stories, subscribe to your favorite topics and more. We will never share or spam your email address. For more information see our Sign Up FAQ. By clicking "Sign Up" you agree to the Gates Notes Terms of Use / Privacy Policy.
Account Settings
VIEW & EDIT PROFILE
Your Information
First name
Last name
Save
Cancel
Email address
This email is already registered
Save
Cancel
Please verify email address. Click verification link sent to this email address or resend verification email.
Password
Save
Cancel
Send me updates from Bill Gates
You must provide an email
Your Interests
Saving Lives
Energy Innovation
Improving Education
Philanthropy
Book Reviews
About Bill Gates
Deactivate Account
Click the link below to begin the account deactivation process. Deactivate account If you want to permanently delete your account and remove its content, please send us a request here.
Ok
Gates Notes Insider Sign Up FAQ

Q. How do I create a Gates Notes account?

A. There are three ways you can create a Gates Notes account:

  • Sign up with Facebook. We’ll never post to your Twitter account without your permission.
  • Sign up with Twitter. We’ll never post to your Twitter account without your permission.
  • Sign up with your email. Enter your email address during sign up. We’ll email you a link for verification.

Q. Will you ever post to my Facebook or Twitter accounts without my permission?

A. No, never.

Q. How do I sign up to receive email communications from my Gates Notes account?

A. In Account Settings, click the toggle switch next to “Send me updates from Bill Gates.”

Q. How will you use the Interests I select in Account Settings?

A. We will use them to choose the Suggested Reads that appear on your profile page.

Forgot your password?
This email is already registered. Enter a new email, try signing in or retrieve your password
Reset Password
Change your header photo
your image
 
Change
your image
Uh Oh!

The image you are trying to upload is either too big or is an unacceptable format. Please upload a .jpg or .png image that is under 25MB.

Ok
First name
Last name
Enter a first and last name. For example, "Richard Feynman"
Bio
0/160 characters
Edit Profile
Account Settings
Save
Cancel
Suggested Reads
Reset your password.
Set New Password
Your password has been reset. You will now be redirected to the sign in page, or you can click here
Ok
Get emails from Bill Gates
Send me updates from Bill
You must provide an email
This email is already registered
Continue
We will never share or spam your email address. For more information see our Sign Up FAQ. By clicking "Continue" you agree to the Gates Notes Terms of Use / Privacy Policy.
 
your image
Uh Oh!
The image you are trying to upload is either too big or is an unacceptable format. Please upload a .jpg or .png image that is under 25MB.
Ok
Welcome FirstName!
You are now a Gates Notes Insider
Update Your Profile Information
First name
Last name
Save
Cancel
Email address
This email is already registered
Save
Cancel
Please verify email address. Click verification link sent to this email address or resend verification email.
Send me updates from Bill Gates
You must provide an email
Select Your Interests
Saving Lives
Energy Innovation
Improving Education
Philanthropy
Book Reviews
About Bill Gates
Continue
Confirm
Are you sure you want to
deactivate your account?
Deactivating your account will unsubscribe you from Gates Notes emails, and will remove your profile and account information from public view on the Gates Notes. Please allow for 24 hours for the deactivation to fully process. You can sign back in at any time to reactivate your account and restore its content.
Deactivate My Acccount
Go Back
Your Gates Notes account has been deactivated.
Come back anytime.
Request account deletion
We’re sorry to see you go. Your request may take a few days to process; we want to double check things before hitting the big red button. Requesting an account deletion will permanently remove all of your profile content. If you’ve changed your mind about deleting your account, you can always hit cancel and deactivate instead.
Submit
Cancel
Thank You! Your request has been sent
Become a Gates Notes Insider for access to exclusive content and personalized reading suggestions
Sign up to receive occasional updates from the Gates Notes
Sign Up
Privacy Policy
It looks like you're using an older version of Internet Explorer which may not display all the features on this site. Upgrade Now » close
Keep giving
WATCH VIDEO
Aid Works

Spain Has Saved Millions of Lives

I’m visiting Spain this week to share a simple message with the Spanish people – that aid works.

Over the last 30 years Spain has experienced incredible economic growth, allowing it to make the dramatic leap from being a recipient of aid to becoming one of the world’s most generous donors.

Spain’s investments in global health and agriculture have saved millions of lives with innovations like vaccines and helped millions more lift themselves out of poverty.

But Spain is in the midst of one of the worst economic periods in its history. The financial crisis brought an abrupt end to years of strong growth. Unemployment is currently around 23% and the government is considering severe budget cuts, including cuts to its foreign aid spending.

These foreign aid cuts may seem inevitable. But they don’t need to be. This is a moment for Spain to maintain its spending and explore new ways to improve the quality and impact of its aid interventions.

By focusing on the world’s poorest people, funding the interventions that achieve the greatest impact, and participating in innovative global partnerships like those with the GAVI Alliance and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Spain can make the most of every Euro it has to spend.

Spain already has many great examples of this kind of innovative aid spending, including the Manhica Health and Research Center in Mozambique.

Started in 1996 with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and other donors, Manhica started conducting cutting-edge research into malaria, diarrheal diseases, and other health challenges facing the Mozambican people recovering from years of war.

The founder of this center is Dr. Pedro Alonso, a Spanish physician and medical researcher. He shares the story of the center in the video above.

Especially in hard times, some people will say rich countries should cut their overseas development assistance. But the fact is that aid accounts for less than 1 percent of public spending in most donor countries. That amount of money isn’t causing the world’s fiscal problems, and cutting back on foreign aid isn’t going to solve them.

Now, more than ever, we have a real opportunity to help people build self-sufficiency and overcome the need for aid. Innovations in health and agriculture have already saved millions of lives and can save millions more.

That’s why it is so important for Spain to continue its remarkable role as a leader in health and development.

I know Spain wants the poorest people in the world to have better lives. Yet the current economic crisis makes us look for excuses. We say we can no longer do what we know is right because it’s too expensive or too hard.

But in tough times, we have to do the opposite; we have to stand up for what we believe.

We also must stand together. As you heard Dr. Alonso say in the video, “The future will depend not only on what happens to us but on what happens to our neighbors and the rest of humanity.”

Become a Gates Notes Insider for access to exclusive content and personalized reading suggestions

Read previous versions of the Annual Letter


Discussion
comments powered by Disqus