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Bill Gates and Bangladesh June 30, 2008

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Bill Gates came to Bangladesh with his wife Melinda on December 5, 2005 in the midst of political turmoil in the last year of BNP government. I was a little worried whether the visit would be canceled for political unrest during that period.
But Bill and Melinda visited Bangladesh as scheduled and were given pompous reception.They visited one or two sites to see the women empowerment through microfinance , he delivered speech in a seminar on ‘Innovation and Partnership’, sat with the government officials and met the press. He also made a courtesy call on the then Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and appreciated the government effort to support the ICT development.
Microsoft started its office one year back before the visit. Gates oversaw a signing ceremony between Microsoft Bangladesh and the education ministry to provide skill-based training to 10,000 teachers and 200,000 students at the country’s primary and secondary schools over next three years.The software giant has funded a local subsidiary to train some 2,000 disadvantaged youths from rural Bangladesh each year

Bill is associated with Bangladesh beyond Microsoft. Bill and Melinda Foundation supports the boat schools, a concept for the teaching of students during flood and monsoon in waterlogged area. The boat school project was appreciated by Bill and said ‘In fact they are our award winner, for all our global libraries it was this NGO in Bangladesh that did the best work there’.
More than that Bill and Melinda Foundation supports the vaccine research and vaccination program worldwide, especially in 3rd world countries. The success of EPI program in Bangladesh owe much to Bill Gates’ contribution. Gates Foundation also support research in ICDDRB and microfinance through BRAC.
Bill also contributed generously to GFATM (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) which is also conducting extensive program in Bangladesh to combat AIDS, Tuberculosis. and Malaria
Very recently , I had the opportunity to be involved in the organization of few workshops on ‘Management of Severe Malaria’ which was supported by the GFATM.
Bill has retired on 26th June 2008 from Microsoft . He will remain as the Chairman of the organization and devote his time more to his foundation that is working to develop vaccines, to elevate poverty and to spread education.
We hope that Bill will remain with Bangladesh in its struggle against disease, poverty and illiteracy.

Fazle Hussain Abed, Founder of BRAC, the largest NGO of Bangladesh received the Gate Award for Global Health of 1 million US$ on June 3, 2004.
Bill recently shares the same platform with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, our Nobel Laureate in Davos in the World Economic Forum and exposed his concept of ‘Creative capitalism’ which is close to Dr.Yunus’ Social Business.
Bill finds Bangladesh very interesting for two reasons, one ‘ there is a lab that for diarrhoea is the best in the world …’ and the other ‘it is the place where there is by far the most microfinance in the world, 50 times as much per capita as any other country , through Grameen and BRAC’.

We hope that Bill will make a second visit to Bangladesh soon. He will find Bangladesh a model platform for implementing his ideas.

With regards to Bill and Melinda.

An ordinary citizen

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1. a-s-i-a.net - July 2, 2008

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