Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bill Gates is my homeboy

Welcome to the modern world, where the successful alpha males are computer nerds who always look a bit like they had to walk through a wind-tunnel to get to wherever they are.
If I was a smart female, I would have glommed onto someone like Bill, rather than the football loving, beer drinking Chewbacca I wound up with. (Hi, dear!)

I have a grudging appreciation of Bill Gates though, mostly because he contributes more financially to global health than the entire budget of the WHO (true!), and he used his geek laser-vision to actually cut through all the highly politicised health issues that generally take up funding, in favour of funding health interventions for the major global killers, such as malaria and TB.

He has also recently pointed out that:
spending by rich countries aimed at combating climate change in developing nations could mean a dangerous cut in aid for health issues.
Rich nations at the Copenhagen summit pledged to funnel US $100 Billion to developing nations per year by 2020 to combat climate change.
Gates said that amount represents more than three quarters of foreign aid currently given by the richest countries per year.
"I am concerned that some of this money will come from reducing other categories of foreign aid, especially health," Gates wrote in a letter, released late on Sunday, describing the work of his foundation.
"If just 1 percent of the $100 billion goal came from vaccine funding, then 700,000 more children could die from preventable diseases," Gates added.
Taking the focus away from health aid could be bad for the environment in the long run, said Gates, "because improvements in health, including voluntary family planning, lead people to have smaller families, which in turn reduces the strain on the environment."

Source can be found here.

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