Bill Gates, consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people, is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author, and mostknown as chairman of Microsoft, the famous software company he founded with Paul Allen.
The 16th of May, he and his wife Melinda Gates visited Norway and ate breakfast with the Norwegian primeminister, Jens Stoltenberg, to discuss ways of how to improve the efforts of vaccination of children and this way reduce the death of children around the world.
The couple, as has Stoltenberg, hasbeen strongly dedicated to this subject, and their foundation will give 1,7 billion dollars to the vaccination fund GAVI until 2015, while Norway will give 1,1 billion.
GAVI is a vaccinationalliance which were funded in 2000 with support from Gates, Norway, France and Britain, that have all given important contributions in form of money. Until now GAVI has contributed to vaccinate more than250 millions of children and has, according to the ONG, saved more than 5 millions of lives.
Through their charitable organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Gates-couple has usedmillions of dollars on different projects in the poorest parts of the world since 1994. Bill Gates still works with Microsoft, but plans to leave the software company soon to devote all of his time to thefoundation that now provides more than incredibly a third of the world's entire malaria-research funding.
Their belief that every life should have equal value, backed by their $29 billion endowmentin the foundation, has been a great help to the global health but also to some of their other priorities like public education, public libraries and at-risk families.
It's undiscutable thattheir dedication to this important subject has played a maybe small but very important role to the lives and health of the children in the poorest parts of the world, and that, if more people dedicated...