Bill Gates speaks at the House of Lords

Inaugural Lord Speakers’ Lecture

On Monday 10th November, Bill Gates came to the House of Lords talk about the impact of overseas aid. The event, held as part of a new series of occasional internal lectures, was held in the elaborately decorated Robing Room in front of a packed audience of Parliamentarians. A Q&A session on the impact of UK aid and the work of the Gates Foundation followed the lecture. The event was sponsored by Malaria No More UK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Case for Aid: A Conversation with Bill Gates

Q&A – Rabies eradication

Lord Trees asked a question of Bill Gates at around 53:09 regarding the Gates Foundation approach to eradication of rabies. This horrific disease often occurs in children following a dog bite. Due to its significant ongoing impact on public health, rabies is a potential candidate for veterinarians to lead a worldwide programme of eradication in the name of OneHealth. Currently, the Gates Foundation does not have concrete plans to eradicate rabies, but is working toward case reduction by vaccination of domestic animals.

See more photos on the House of Lords Flickr feed.

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