by Helen Branswell
STAT, February 14, 2017
Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter about the work of their philanthropic foundation is styled as a report to Warren Buffett, the business tycoon who has donated billions to their endeavour. But reading between the lines of the report leaves the impression these philanthropists — among the world’s wealthiest people — are making a subtle effort to influence the Trump administration’s thinking on the value of global development and international aid. The letter stresses the importance of vaccines, calling them one of the best deals in global health spending. It also emphasizes how critical it is that women around the world have access to effective contraception, saying family planning lowers child mortality and enables countries to emerge from poverty.