Attacks on polio workers would not deter us: Bill Gates

Published: January 20, 2013
A major focus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is eradicating polio in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.  PHOTO: FILE

A major focus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is eradicating polio in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. PHOTO: FILE

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said the recent attacks on polio fieldworkers in Pakistan would not stop his foundation from succeeding in eradicating the crippling virus.

“It’s not going to stop us succeeding,” he said, in an interview with the Telegraph. “It does force us to sit down with the Pakistan government to renew their commitments, see what they’re going to do in security and make changes to protect the women who are doing God’s work and getting out to these children and delivering the vaccine,” he added.

A major focus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is eradicating polio in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. “We’re focused on the help of the poorest in the world, which really drives you into vaccination,” he said.

The philanthropist said money has no utility to him beyond a certain point and wishes for his money to reach some of the poorest people on the planet.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2013. 

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Im sure this news will be taken up by some conspiracy theorist & he/she will go: “See! we told you the jews are involved”


  • hassan Jawad
    Jan 20, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Sher ka Bacha .. !


  • Pakistani
    Jan 20, 2013 - 5:51PM

    It is a real shame that while Bill and Melinda Gates, who are not Pakistanis, not even Muslims, are giving away their money so that children in Pakistan could be saved from the crippling disease, polio, misguided people here are obstructing the campaign, even killing polio workers participating in this noble mission.

    And Bill and Melinda Gates philanthropy is not just for Pakistan, but for needy people all around the world, without any discrimination on account of race, religion or colour. They deserve gratitude and respect from all of us, as well as from under-privileged people around the globe.



  • Waseem
    Jan 20, 2013 - 6:05PM

    salute to you sir,


  • Hassan
    Jan 20, 2013 - 6:43PM

    That’s why I always say: if Steve Jobs changed the world, Bill Gates changed the universe.


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Jan 20, 2013 - 7:36PM

    It’s not going to stop us succeeding

    Extremely inspirational character, this Bill Gates. The Ambanis in India and the rich business houses in Pakistan should learn something from this great man.
    His resolve to help people remains unshaken even after the sad killing of anti-polio workers.
    A successful business is not just about making money for yourself but a venture to maximize your utility to human society.


  • Hina
    Jan 20, 2013 - 7:42PM

    And attacks with drones would not deter us: Pakistani nation


  • Babablacksheep
    Jan 20, 2013 - 9:52PM

    yes, and we keep producing terrorists


  • Jan 20, 2013 - 9:53PM

    is it not strange that people like Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and other Maulana of repute are reluctant to come forward and visit those places where polio. drops are not administrated,What. are they waiting for.They talk of hukukulallh what about hukuklibad.Are only interested in politics and to govern and fill their coffers.SHAME ON THEM.


  • Visibly Invisible
    Jan 20, 2013 - 10:20PM

    And what does Bill Gates, his foundation or polio vaccines have to do with drones? Your ignorance is depressing. Please remove your blinders.


  • Usman S.
    Jan 20, 2013 - 10:21PM

    What a great human being. God bless you for all the work you are doing for helping some of the most needy in the world. You deserve the utmost respect from the people of Pakistan and all those countries where your charities are doing humanitarian work irrespetive of race and religion.
    Thank you for being such a beacon of hope. Thank you.


  • Ayaz
    Jan 20, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Bill gates is an awesome human being.


  • waqas
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:17AM

    He truly has a great heart.
    Even though he knows that Pakistan is amongst the top countries, which use pirated Microsoft Windows, his work for the same country is commendable.


  • Jan 21, 2013 - 10:03AM

    @Hassan: If Steve Jobs made Technology easy for the world. Then Bill and Melinda Gates showed the world how to use technology with ease and went further by leaping into the frontiers of human compassion and sharing wealth.

    Salams to Bill and Melinda Gates.


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