Bill Gates Makes $10 Billion Pledge to the World

Last Friday Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, pledged to make the largest ever single charitable donation with a pledge of $10 billion (£6 billion) for vaccine work over the next decade.

Bill Gates said that he hoped the coming ten years would be the “decade of the vaccine” to reduce dramatically child mortality in the world’s poorest countries. It is calculated that his pledge could save more than 8 million lives.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said up to 7.6 million children under 5 could be saved through 2019 as a result of the donation. It also estimated that an additional 1.1 million youngsters would be saved if a malaria vaccine can be introduced by 2014. A tuberculosis vaccine would prevent even more deaths.

This is a very generous and fantastic gesture from one of the world’s richest people to help reduce child mortality in developing nations. His foundation plans on bringing innovation to health and learning to the global community. But is there more that the world could do?