While some have changed the world by creating design products and pushing for better user experiences, Bill and Melinda Gates are changing the world by saving lives.
Yes, I agree that saying "3.4 million lives saved from Hepatitis B" would be assuming every single person who received a vaccine would have been infected. But the thing here is actually that all those people were given improved odds of not getting sick, thanks to the vaccines paid for this man. Thanks to the research funded by his foundation. Thanks to the funds given to manufacturing companies that would otherwise have no way of making those vaccines, seeing large pharmaceutical companies are not interested in losing money making things that would go for free or small subsidies by governments and ONGs.
Bill and Melinda Gates have given US$ 28 billion to charity so far. This is 48% of their worth.
And while some in the tech industry keep saying Bill Gates should go back to working with Microsoft and change its current direction (a romantic vision of a cut throat industry), I think it's better for the world if he stays working on his foundation instead.
I do have a dislike for infographics but it's important for people that demonize Bill Gates to realise what he's been doing for years now:
This infographic was sourced from frugaldad.com, but I found out a page with very good specific programme ones from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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