New leadership at World Bank is a new beginning for the world’s poor
The Toronto Star
It is a mission Kim is well equipped to lead. As a co-founder of Partners in Health, Kim pioneered the treatment of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. As director of the World Health Organization’s department of HIV/AIDS in 2003, he launched the first ever global goal for AIDS treatment with his “three by five” initiative. Aimed at treating three million patients living with HIV with antiretroviral drugs by 2005, the ambitious program reached its ultimate goal a bit late in 2007, but was recently touted by the Lancet medical magazine as having “helped change forever the way we thought about AIDS.”
Kim’s impressive credentials and achievements in the field of global development have left him primed to usher in a new era at the World Bank. As in most big institutions, there is the risk of the bank resisting change. It is important, therefore, that we set high expectations for change, especially in reaching the bottom billion, the world’s very poor who have not been reached by basic health and basic education efforts.