The holidays came early this year for the global health community, with news that malaria deaths globally are at an all-time low. According to the World Health Organization's annual World Malaria Report, mortality rates from the disease have fallen dramatically to 584,000 annually -- including a 58 percent decline in child deaths in Africa.
When Britain is congratulated for doing something extraordinary you want to hear what it is we've done... Mr Gates robustly applauded the UK's historic contributions to global health through its strong commitment to overseas aid. This can be seen with the UK's current response to the Ebola crisis. But he particularly highlighted the UK's remarkable contribution to the huge progress made in tackling malaria - the oldest and deadliest disease - which in the past 15 years has seen child deaths cut in half and over three million young lives saved.
Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.