23 October 2015

Does this Gates-commissioned cartoon criticize the foundation?

Bill Gates shared a cartoon yesterday by Randall Munroe, better known as the genius behind XKCD. It marks World Polio Day by describing how close the world is to eradication and the fact that the solutions (aka vaccines) are already known. True to form, Munroe uses conversation between two characters to assail the tendency to overlook the obvious.

But does the character who continues to propose innovative solutions, many using new technologies, also serve as satire for Gates and his foundation? The drive for innovation is a leading criticisms of the Gates approach to global health.

Regardless, Gates is a fan of the comic writing, "anything that combines Randall and polio eradication is great in my book....I got a kick out of it and thought I'd share it with you."

What do you think? Even if it is not about Gates, it does a good job criticizing some of the worst tendencies in global health.