Bill Gates, the man who made a revolution in the technological hemisphere and co-founder of Microsoft, believes that technology may have improved people's way of life socially or economically, but it is still not able to solve problems that affect humans the most – widespread diseases and illnesses, especially in countries that are poor. He believes that "when we want to improve lives, you've got to deal with more basic things like child survival, child nutrition."
It is because of this belief that Gates has spent a large amount of not only money but also time on trying to help people in poorer countries. He and his wife, Melinda Gates, set up a private foundation "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation" to help improve healthcare and minimise poverty. The foundation gives away a large amount of money every year to aid healthcare or to help out in vaccination drives in poorer countries.
In an effort to help fight these diseases and provide for better healthcare, Gates says it is not all smooth sailing and there are many challenges faced. For instance, getting the vaccines to the destination and keeping it at its required temperature is a challenge, because of the scarcity of supplies and equipment to maintain the drug at its temperature. These problems require effort and, of course, cash, to solve. However, the problem is seemingly not large enough to bring in talent to come up with an idea on how to improve the process and also the equipment required is just not large enough to motivate producers to produce them at a lower cost. Thus, with such high costs, vaccines will only be more costly.
Even with the challenges faced, there are still efforts made to make vaccinations more productive. Information has to be collected accurately in order for this to happen. Hence, funds have been invested in teams of researchers to carry out tests first before the vaccination is actually done; this is to prevent any unsuccessful event happening. Measurement also plays an important part in comprehending why and where costs are being acquired in vaccination drives. This information serves as a guide on where to concentrate on to make the healthcare events or drives more successful.
It is evident that in wanting to help and provide for better healthcare, there will be challenges met along the road but we should still continue improving and put in effort to help to eradicate such healthcare problems. If you are interested to find out more about vaccines, you might want to attend our 3 Day MBA in Vaccines held by Terrapinn Training.
This was written in reference to an article by Richard Waters, Financial Times Magazine.
- Post by Hilda Yin