Malaria is currently killing a child a minute, this is usually a cause and consequence of poverty.
The world is getting a new wave of West coast billionaire philanthropists. It was announced today that Bill Gates and the UK government have launched a new $4billion initiative against Malaria. The program will focus on the development of new drugs as well as insecticides to fight the mosquito-borne disease. In the Times Mr. Gates and UK Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. George Osborne say that they are optimistic that malaria will be wiped out in their lifetime.
Although he made his fortunes from technology Gates does not believe that technology will save the world. It is not a secret that the world is riddled with political, social and economic problems. The spread of diseases in vulnerable poverty stricken areas of developing countries has proven to be crippling to communities growth. Gates is looking to combat this problem. He believes that ‘when you want to improve lives, you’ve got to deal with more basic things like child survival, child nutrition.’
Gates may appear to be at odds with his tech pears but he feels that as amazing technology is, what is more important is addressing people’s basic needs not increasing internet connectivity. Gate says ‘the world is not flat and PCs are not, in the hierarchy of human needs, in the first five rungs.’ Aside from this new initiative with the UK government Gates’ foundation (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) also works to donate nearly $4billion per year to improving health and fighting poverty in developing countries.