We were shocked. We had assumed that if millions ofchildren were dying and they could be saved, the worldwould make it a priority to discover and deliver themedicines to save them. But it did not. For under adollar, there were interventions that could save livesthat just weren't being delivered.
If you believe that every life has equal value, it's revolting to learn that some lives are seen as worthsaving and others are not. We said to ourselves: "This can't be true. But if it is true, it deserves tobe the priority of our giving."
So we began our work in the same way anyone here would begin it. We asked: "How could theworld let these children die?"
The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, andgovernments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers hadno power in the market and no voice in the system.
But you and I have both.
We can make market forces work better for the poor if we can develop a more creative capitalism– if we can stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or at leastmake a living, serving people who are suffering from the great inequities. We can also pressgovernments around the world to spend taxpayer money in ways that better reflect the values ofthe people who pay the taxes.