Bill Gates meets new-age healthcare leaders from India: 3 TAKEAWAYS
In the opinion of this intrepid change leader, most technologies can be shaped to have more benefits than negatives. Start-ups can shape the disruption roadmap in a major way. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been supporting many start-ups in the health sector, Mr. Gates shared.
Mr. Gates was of the strong opinion that Digital Health must receive the highest priority from all stakeholders. The ultimate metric of success is child survival and reduction in the diseases that affect adults," he elaborated.
One of Mr. Gates’ big dreams for India is to rid the country of malnutrition since it is impacts childhood and, by extension, the country’s future and workforce.
So what is the way forward? Strategic investment, greater private sector innovation and the use of technology (including dashboards for effective monitoring) featured high on Mr. Gates’ prescription for change.
He also made it a point to draw attention to the effect of climate change. As the planet heats up, mosquitoes gain the ability to live in higher altitudes, and begin inhabiting hitherto unexplored regions. All countries – rich or poor – would have to participate in mitigating climate change, since 60% of the world’s population lives in developing countries.