This Article is From Jan 24, 2014

Within 20 years there will be hardly any poor countries: Bill Gates to NDTV

Within 20 years there will be hardly any poor countries:  Bill Gates to NDTV

A file photo of Bill Gates

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who is also the co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke to NDTV's Vikram Chandra on the sidelines the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Here are the highlights from the interaction

  • Middle income countries doing well
  • Over time, India is going to have a big diabetes problem
  • In 20 years, we will have very few low-income countries
  • Not pessimistic on global economy
  • India should allocate more to health
  • Love to see health as campaign issue in 2014
  • States like Bihar on right path now
  • Nitish Kumar was re-elected in Bihar partly because health indicators had improved, I think
  • Need to improve vaccination coverage
  • Healthcare getting attention in states
  • Health budget needs to go up in many countries
  • Polio fight big victory for India
  • My foundation is my full-time focus and it will be for the rest of my life
  • Always happy to help out at Microsoft part-time
  • Tech key for social services growth
  • Philanthropy in India is growing
  • Rolling out new vaccines in India is my focus now
  • Excited about device applications
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