Target: Bill Gates
Goal: Thank Bill Gates for speaking out against capitalism’s negative effects on humanitarian efforts
Bill Gates recently made several bold comments about how little funding is allotted to humanitarian programs in the US. In a world caught up with capitalism, fashion, and market growth, powerful voices for philanthropy are in dire need. Thank Gates for drawing attention to the profound lack of world spending on the humanitarian front.
If even a tiny fraction of the money spent researching superficial remedies was spent on curing diseases in third world countries, the world would be a much better place. Gates brought this unbalanced spending on medicinal research and foreign aid into focus by comparing funding for hair loss treatments with that of malaria research and vaccination. “The malaria vaccine in humanist terms is the biggest need, but it gets virtually no funding,” he said at a recent conference, and the facts of the situation back him up all the way.
Every year, about $2 billion is spent worldwide on surgical procedures for hair loss. According to the World Health Organization, just $547 million was spent in 2010 on malaria research. Male pattern baldness affects an approximated 40 million men in the US and UK combined. Compare this to the 219 million people affected and 660,000 killed in 2010 by malaria. Most of them were children in Africa, where a child dies every minute from the disease.
“Our priorities are tilted by marketplace imperatives,” Gates said at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Global Grand Challenges Summit. The truth of his statement could not be clearer. The Global Forum for Health Research estimates that only 10 per cent of worldwide expenditure on health research is devoted to the problems that afflict 90 per cent of the world’s population. The problem is evident, but the solution is not.
Only a very big voice can affect a change in the trajectory of worldwide spending, and Gates’ voice may be big enough. Support his recent comments. Sign this petition and encourage him to continue his philanthropic efforts and outspoken promotion of humanitarian objectives.
Dear Bill Gates,
In a world culture caught up with superficial designs, market shares, and short-term solutions to near-sighted problems, powerful voices in support of the humanitarian effort are in dire need. Your recent comments outlining the world shortage of funding for humanitarian objectives are a breath of fresh air.
Your generous philanthropic donations have saved countless lives, and your words can do the same. I am sending this letter to thank you for speaking out against capitalism’s negative effects on the humanitarian effort, and encourage you to continue putting your voice behind this issue.
[Your Name Here]
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