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Bill Clinton + Bill Gates = Global Health Initiative

Former President Bill Clinton and Microsoft's Bill Gates testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on how US foreign policy and aid should work in concert with President Obama's new Global Health Initiative.
Written by Doug Hanchard, Contributor on

Former President Bill Clinton and Microsoft's Bill Gates testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on how US foreign policy and aid should work in concert with President Obama's new Global Health Initiative (GHI) being driven by USAID. Bill Gates discussed the impact of his foundation on international health care and Bill Clinton talked about how his foundation has worked in Haiti relief efforts and global health initiatives he has lead throughout Africa and Asia.

When you think of Bill Gates you think software and individual who has been focused on building the largest software company in the world. Over the last 10 years he's migrated away from software code and running a company. His migration to a new challenge was originally viewed as being an ambassador to solving some of the world's problems. Instead he's become an expert in several key health problems that face the world. He's dived into the zero's and one's of key health problems facing the world.

Former President Bill Clinton has brought not only the political experience needed to navigate the challenges of cooperation required to work in some of the most difficult and insecure parts of the world, but learned and focused significant amounts of time and efforts to also learn about health programs required. The combination of the two Bill's creates a powerful team that may offer the world real opportunities to solve health problems that were often deemed impossible to solve.

See C-SPAN coverage of Bill Gates and President Clinton's testimony. I encourage you to watch this session as it clearly illustrates two of the most recognized men of the 20th century become ambassadors of humanity that we need more of.

Additional Resources:

Clinton Foundation - link to his opening statement before Senate hearing

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Global Health Initiative Organization

Canadian Global Health Initiative

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