Introduction to Global Health 2nd Edition PDF Free Download
On June 16, 2006, Bm Gates, founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the world, made headlines when he announced his intention to scale back his work at Microsoft to devote more time to the charitable foundation he had co-founded with his Melinda.! Ten later, even bigger headlines were made when Warren Buffett, the second wealthiest man in the world, made a surprising announcement-he was handing over most of his fortune to Bill Gates.2 More precisely, the bulk of his accumulated wealth was going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses primarily on improving global health.
As a result, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest philanthropic foundation in the world even prior to Buffett’s generous donation, doubled in value to more than $60 billion. What would inspire the wealthiest men in the world to develop such a passion for one cause? They had become aware of an awful reality: Every year, several million children die of diseases that are completely preventable. In an address to the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, Bill Gates described the awakening of his philanthropic impulse: I first learned about these tragic health inequities some years ago when I was reading an article about diseases in the developing world. It showed that more than half a million children die every year from “rotavirus.” I thought, “‘Rotavirus?’ -I’ve never even heard of it. How could I never have heard of something that kills half a million children every yearl?” I read further and learned that millions of children were dying from diseases that had essentially been eliminated in the United States. Melinda and I had assumed that if there were vaccines and..