New Understanding Of Microbiome Functioning Can Help Solve Malnutrition Within 20 Years, Bill Gates Says
The Telegraph: Why probiotics could hold the key to solving malnutrition — the world’s worst health problem
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“I get asked a lot what I would choose if I could only solve one problem. My answer is always malnutrition — the greatest health inequity in the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, it’s responsible for about half of all childhood deaths. … [T]hanks to new scientific breakthroughs I believe we will find a way to solve the issue of malnutrition within 20 years. … The basic insights we’re gaining into how nutrition works will also have huge benefits for the developed world. … [T]hat is going to not only help prevent malnutrition and obesity, but lots of other diseases — like asthma, allergies, and some autoimmune diseases, which may be trigged by an unbalanced microbiome. If we can figure nutrition out — and I believe we will within the next two decades — we’ll save millions of lives and improve even more” (10/7).
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