"People not to die" just doesn't work. Unfashionable though this view might be, but people SHOULD die. We aren't fit for immortality, and we couldn't possibly cope with the population growth if we still kept producing new people but didn't lose any old ones. So to speak.
On the other hand, if she means "we shouldn't spend so much time and effort on trying to cure old rich people while ignoring young poor people" then I'm all in favour. If malaria were endemic in Europe or America, you can bet it would have been tackled a lot more thoroughly than taking the "oh, just spray insecticide to keep the mosquitoes away" approach. And even HIV has become far less high-profile now it's seen as a disease of poor, numerous black people who somehow don't matter.
Sorry, but I've visited Africa a few times, and it's a hobby horse of mine.