[00:04.44]You know more about the world's inequities than the classes that came before.
[00:10.39]In your years here, I hope you've had a chance to think about how-
[00:16.05]in this age of accelerating technology-
[00:19.36]we can finally take on these inequities, and we can solve them.
[00:25.40]Imagine, just for the sake of discussion,
[00:28.52]that you had a few hours a week and a few dollars a month to donate to a cause-
[00:34.43]and you wanted to spend that time and money
[00:37.18]where it would have the greatest impact in saving and improving lives.
[00:42.26]Where would you spend it?
[00:44.55]For Melinda and for me, the challenge is the same:
[00:47.54]how can we do the most good for the greatest number with the resources we have.
[00:53.57]During our discussions on this question, Melinda and I read an article
[00:58.44]about the millions of children who were dying every year in poor countries from diseases that we had long ago made harmless in this country,
[01:08.46]measles, malaria, pneumonia, hepatitis B, yellow fever.
[01:15.05]One disease I had never even heard of, rotavirus,
[01:19.27]was killing half a million kids each year-
[01:22.56]none of them in the United States.
[01:25.50]We were shocked.
[01:27.25]We had just assumed that if millions of children were dying and they could be saved,
[01:33.07]the world would make it a priority to discover and deliver the medicine to save them.
[01:39.08]But it did not.
[01:40.57]For under a dollar, there were interventions that could save lives that just weren't being delivered.