Why higher education is important for the world’s health

May 2, 2020 – University World News – “In late February, well before much of the world beyond China had recognised the full reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill Gates, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighted the importance of considering the plight of those in low- and middle-income countries.

As those of us in regions with greater resources struggle with the unprecedented challenges facing our hospitals and healthcare systems, we must not forget the tragedy that COVID-19 could wreak on these communities, which could well be worse than what we have already seen elsewhere.

Underscoring the vulnerability of those in low- and middle-income countries, Gates made two important points. First, we need to directly support these countries as much as possible. Second, we must take a longer-term perspective to support their efforts to build stronger healthcare and public health systems so that they are better prepared for the next such crisis.”

Read more of this article by AWB’s Executive Director Greg Moran.