For the founder of Microsoft, now head of a philanthropic foundation, we must learn from the lack of preparation to the epidemic of Ebola. The industry is no exception.
Since it is no longer Microsoft’s orders, his hobby is the strengthening of public health systems in developing countries. The billionaire Bill Gates could not do without the Ebola outbreak, which has already caused more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa since January 2014. Given the lack of preparation shown by the international community he was already concerned that generate even more contagious epidemic.
This would, according to him the most tragic event that could hinder human progress. After exchanging with renowned personalities from around the world, the American has just published its recommendations in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine, and an article in the New York Times. His position, he also summarized by intervening Wednesday, March 18 in a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design, a series of conferences organized by the Sapling Foundation).
Booster academic research in biology
A new highly contagious virus could kill up to 30 million people and causing three billion dollars of global GDP losses. To prevent such a disaster by providing an effective response, Bill Gates has identified the key elements in his eyes: strengthening health systems in poor countries, which would allow doctors to quickly detect an outbreak and vaccinate all children, reservists have medical teams (including civilians) ready to respond at any time to an emergency, and to collaborate with the military.
The former businessman does not forget the contribution of technology. He said the government should learn from the way they are preparing for war, using strategy games and computer simulation to counter new bacterial attacks. Scientific side, it calls for boost academic research in biology, in order to save time in the development of vaccines and diagnostics against new viruses. “ Time is not on our side , he warns. But if we start now, we can be ready for the next epidemic. “