Apr 27, 2010

Rethinking global health

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that Bill Gates is rethinking his approach to global healthcare. The Gates Foundation has given almost $1 billion in grants to eradicate polio, and yet the disease continues to spread across parts of Africa and south-east Asia. 

Instead of focusing solely on fighting single diseases, emphasis also needs to be placed on building stronger and more efficient health systems with widespread immunisations, expanded maternal and infant healthcare, etc. This may not eradicate one single disease but will improve the overall health of people in developing countries, and mitigate the risk of rampant disease outbreaks. 

It's comforting to see the Gates Foundation recognising the need to change their approach. Bravo! 


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