How Bill Gates Makes an Impact
Today, Bill Gates is one of the biggest philanthropists in the world. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates, the largest private foundation in the world, the couple has contributed $25 billion towards global development efforts.
In 2014, Bill surprised some people when he expressed disapproval of plans to increase computers and the Internet to underdeveloped regions in Africa. When Mark Zuckerberg claimed, “getting the world online will be one of the most important things we do in our lifetime” Bill Gates expressed a different kind of concern. “Take this malaria vaccine… which is more important, connectivity or the malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t.”
Bill has an analytic mind, a businessoriented outlook that equips him for understanding the conflicts facing communities in the developing world. In fact, the Bill & Melinda Gates website provides insight into the causes Bill devotes himself to; HIV, Malaria, Pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, polio, and vaccine delivery, for example. In order for Internet competency to be introduced within a community, people must feel secure about their health.
In society, we understand that some people are rich, while others are poor. We are frustrated with this stratification. When the rich realize their wealth can be shared with those living in less privileged circumstances, their efforts must be finalized with hard work and follow through. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is one of these institutions.
One of Bill’s goals is to eradicate polio. So much of healthcare is dependent on money, and Gates has this money to put towards such an important cause. There are tremendous obstacles to their work; such as the ideas purported by Islamist groups of that the polio vaccination is a front for sterilization and other western evils.
However, this doesn’t stop Gates. He says, “It does force us to sit down with the Pakistan government to renew their commitments, see what they’re going to do in terms of security and make changes to protect the women who are doing God’s work, getting out to these children and delivering the vaccine.”
Just because Gates is out of the tech sector doesn’t mean he takes a back seat and lets others do the work. He works long hours, travels around the world, and follows up with various grants that come in for new projects. But Gates set his foundation as a dedicated individual who won’t rest until he sees results. Gates says, “I loved my Microsoft: it prepared me for what I’m doing now. In the same way that I got to see the PC and Internet revolutions, now I see child death rates coming down.”
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