Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog #6: You're Just A Blob In Layers Of Plastic

This article was written as a summary of Bill Gates TED talk in Vancouver last week. The TED talk was about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and boldly revealed serious problems in our global health care system. It's not that the systems didn't work well enough, he said. "We didn't have a system at all." He called the response "a global failure.". Gates also posed the idea that, "If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it's most likely to be a highly infectious virus, rather than a war. Not missiles, but microbes.". Bill Gates simply states what the solution should be for the next epidemic: Get prepared. He emphasized how governments prepare for war -- developing high tech training, drills and exercises. Why not do the same for an epidemic, which he sees as inevitable? Gates implemented to begin with the moon suits doctors and nurses had to wear in order to treat patients. At the TED talk the audience was filled with engineers, designers and tech experts that have the potential to solve and or improve the suits.

Bill Gates is such a great advocate not only for the Ebola crisis in West Africa,but in many others organizations. He promotes and contributes not only with his money but also his time, efforts, and overall heart for others in need. We need more people to do what he does, especially with the Ebola crisis. Many people do not see the need to create a global health care system; because in the United States we do not face fatality like an undeveloped country would. If Ebola struck the U.S. as hard as it did in West Africa we would be frantic to prepare and better the practices to cure and treat patients. I found this article very encouraging to see someone as motivated to put other lives before themselves.

Anna Hunsucker
27 March 2015

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