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.