News Summary: Gates says poor countries not doomed

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014

THEIR VIEW: Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates see an optimistic future for the world's poor and argue that poor countries are not doomed to stay poor, that foreign aid is not wasteful and that saving lives won't cause overpopulation.

GROWTH: In their sixth yearly letter, the co-chairmen of the world's largest charitable foundation say inflation-adjusted GDP per-capita figures show that many countries that were once considered poor, such as China and India, now have growing economies.

AID BENEFITS: Measles vaccinations, eradicating smallpox, controlling tuberculosis in China and a plan to eliminate polio in Latin America are all public health efforts achieved with aid funding.