Is Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Doing Enough to Rescue Ebola Victims?
Gates foundation is among the largest private foundations on the globe. It was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and it was launched in 2000. In fact, Gates Foundation is considered has the largest transparently-operated private foundation. The aims of the foundation are;
- To enhance global health care.
- Reduce extreme poverty.
- To expand education opportunities and access to the information technology.
The foundation is controlled by its 3 trustees, Warren Buffet, Melinda Gates, and Bill Gates. The foundation is based in Seattle, Washington.
The foundation has funded agricultural research, global special initiatives and alleviating poverty. For example, as part of global special initiatives, the foundation donated US$ 3 million in 2004 to aid victims of Indian Ocean earthquake, and in 2005, they made a donation of US$ 500,000 million to aid victims of Kashmir earthquake.
As the part of the Foundation’s initiative to promote agriculture, reduce extreme poverty, and keep up with the global demand of rice, the Foundation offered US$ 19.9 million to Rice Research Institute between November 2007 and October 2010. To enhance small farm productivity and enhance agricultural science in Africa, Gates Foundation has partnered with AGRA (Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa). It has already made initial donation of US$ 100 million.
But the Gates Foundation also focuses on health. Of late, the organization has made a lot of contribution in attempts to curb the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa.
The outbreak and spread of Ebola virus in West Africa is not only stressing, but also scarring, especially for the communities and families affected. There are many international, governmental and non-governmental organizations that has devoted their resources, in terms of material as well as human power to rescue the affected communities. Of late, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been on the fore front in fighting Ebola outbreak which has killed locals as well as health practitioners. We admire and respect the heroic job done by the Gates Foundation.
Ebola outbreak is powerful reminder that outbreak of infectious diseases can happen anywhere on the globe. It highlights the importance of global cooperation, especially in tackling global disasters, such as outbreak of such infectious diseases.
As part of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce poverty and enhance health care, and also help to address immediate need for doctors and material resources, the Gates Foundation has made more than US$1 million emergency response grants to support UNICEF’s works on the affected part especially in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The grants are meant to facilitate movement of health practitioners to the affected parts, and inadequate doctors. The grants will also provide critical medical and hygiene supplies, coordinate response efforts, and reach affected and at risk families and communities with lifesaving information.
The grants are meant to ease their movement by providing better means of transport, including use of choppers where needed. The grants will also make it possible to get more doctors from every corner of the globe, and also provide food to the affected families. To be frank, the Gate Foundation has shown great sympathy and leadership role providing unwaivered support. The manager in charge of health is always in close communication with the WHO.