|A photo at the Dartmouth College graduation ceremonies in 2010|
Naming Dr. Kim -- activist and co-founder of Partners in Health -- for this position is impressive, and it finally demonstrates to the 'developing world' that health, and social and economic wellbeing are a basic human rights; and that such an approach is the cornerstone of economic stability. In every place he worked, Dr. Kim made a tremendous impact. And he made numerous peaceful revolutions that the world needed. My favorite revolution happened when I was the Executive Secretary of the National AIDS Control Commission when Jim launched the 3X5 program. At that time, he was leading the Department of HIV/AIDS in World Health Organization in Geneva. These three simple characters (3), (X), (5), were incredibly innovative, unexpected, and far beyond what many of us had dreamt. The courageous 3X5 initiative led to more than 3 million people in developing world gaining access to ARV treatment at a time when so many in the US and Europe were against it. Now, with this World Bank nomination of the best among us, a true fighter for global health and development, we can be sure that funding through loans or grants will have a true human face and will lead to better health, social, and economic outcomes. We can now be certain that a new window for progress has been made, not because of the many awards Dr. Kim has received, or because of his position in the Ivy League, but because his incredibly fast brain will efficiently and quickly serve the welfare of the poorest in the world.