And I want to pile on with my rant.
Regarding infectious disease vs chronic diseases.
This is largely a case of truly innocent vs people who are causing their own problems.
As for chronic diseases, "obesity, cancer and heart disease epidemics in poor nations", umm, poor nations rates of those are less than affluent nations.
Is Gates supposed to drop helping the truly innocent and poor people and instead focus on diseases of the affluent?
Obesity isn't a disease. It is a life-style choice and the causes and cures are well known. No amount of Gates money can solve that problem.
Premature heart disease is also largely due to life-style choices, is well understood, and the methods to prevent are well known. What is Gates supposed to do about cigarette smokers? What about people who refuse to exercise? Fund involuntary work camps in China? That one was already handled by Steve Jobs.
Cancer? The disease also known as "the disease of affluence"?
Many people believe the rising rates of those diseases are solely due to increases in longevity.
Does the author have some suggestion for reducing longevity? Oh, well, yes - stop vaccination programs.Two birds with one stone, eh?
Also, the increase in certain rare 3rd world cancers are due to cancers resulting from infectious agents - a problem the affluent don't have so much.
Is the author seriously suggesting Gates drop funding that saves millions of lives in third world countries in order to put more money into the already highly funded cancer research?