Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter, styled as a report
to Warren Buffett on his investment of over $30 billion in their work. Bill and
Melinda emphasize the value of global development and stress the importance of
vaccines — which they call one of the best deals in global health.
Though she died of cervical cancer in 1951, her cells were discovered to have unique properties. These immortal “HeLa” cells were instrumental in developing the polio vaccine as well as other key scientific landmarks including cloning, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization. Yet, her story has raised controversial questions about the ethics surrounding privacy & patient consent. Who was this unrecognized woman?
Ghanaian teenagers who contracted polio and lost their walking ability, play soccer in Tudu district of Accra, Ghana. Teenagers who maintain their lives by begging for money on the traffic roads in Ghana, gather to play soccer with their skateboards every sunday. Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and spinal cord. Children younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus than any other group and it is still endemic, along with West and Central Africa.
Hey remember when we thought we could end polio in Australia so we had all kids get vaccinated and half of them ended up deformed and the other half got polio anyway? No? Shut the fuck up and get your kid vaccinated.