I might read more about diseases than about any other subject. The books are not always a light read, but the more I learn, the more I’m amazed by the progress the world has made in saving lives and preventing sickness. It’s inspiring to hear about the people behind this progress: the scientists, health workers, and others who commit (and sometimes risk) their lives to help others. And understanding the mechanics of various diseases is a huge help for my work with the Gates Foundation.
Here are four good ones that I’ve read over the years.
Whenever I visit small farmers in a poor country, I’m struck by how many are laboring with hoes, plows, and other implements that haven’t changed in generations. Yet farmers in wealthier countries have benefited from wave after wave of technological improvements. This gap is one big reason why some farmers produce much more food than others.
Thankfully, some of the brightest minds in Africa, India, and elsewhere are creating new tools to close the gap.
Here are four especially promising innovations…
Sharks are wimps, compared to this beast.
How the disease saps human potential.
How a common bacterium may turn the tide against a terrible disease.
A Tanzanian scientist on the front lines of the malaria fight.
My visit to Cambodia, which is trying to eliminate the disease for good.
Support Malaria No More, which is an amazing organization. Just $1 buys a full course of lifesaving malaria treatment.
Looking back at 2013, I wanted to share a different kind of list.
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