Hope and obstacles, indeed--I refer to your editorial (July 6), "World Bank: Hope and Obstacles." I hope that the World Bank will see its role in very real terms as going as far as it can toward immediate and long-lasting relief for the world's poorest people. I see obstacles in the sense that its lending policies toward these folks won't find enough support.
With adequate support from the World Bank, global immunization efforts could save the lives of 3.5 million children every year. The World Bank can also increase its lending for agricultural development projects that aid the poor toward self-sufficiency--the ultimate goal.
It can increase its lending for primary health care, increasing the chance for survival for thousands and insuring the kind of health safety net we in the developed world take for granted.
The World Bank can also help a government shift its life-saving medical programs more toward grass-roots care serving more people, empowering parents in low-cost health measures for their children and thus having a greater overall effect on its population.