Saturday, 2 February 2013

Bill Gates: The Impatient Optimist and a world free of polio

In the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists, Bill Gates, explains his optimism for a world free of the debilitating disease, polio. He explains why he is devoting so much of his time, money and influence to eradicating polio, and how we can all help to finish the job.

Since the launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has become a leading figure on the international development stage, seeking innovative solutions to extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries

In 2012, there were just 205 cases of naturally occurring polio virus compared with 650 cases in 2011. This compares to 350,000 a quarter of a century ago.

He told BBC Breakfast that "we have so few cases that if we really intensify our efforts we will completely eradicate the disease".

There are now three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria - where transmission of the disease has never been halted compared to 125 countries in the late 1980s.

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