about the progress that has been made. In 2005, the first time I gave a
speech to the WHA, Melinda and I were still new to global health. My
message then was one of optimism. The world was finally starting to use
its greatest resource‹innovation‹to solve its biggest problem‹the fact
that billions of people don¹t have the chance to lead a healthy,
When I reflect on what I have learned in the past six years, I am more
optimistic than ever. I believe we have the opportunity to make a new
future in which global health is the cornerstone of global prosperity.
When everyone has access to good health care, the world will be
transformed. Freeing billions of people from the relentless burden of
sickness and death will unleash more human potential than any other
revolution in history."
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