After the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, philanthropist Melinda Gates appeared on CNN Money yesterday to discuss what steps need to be taken to control and combat the virus.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has already donated $50 million to the outbreak — the single biggest emergency health grant the foundation has ever made — but Gates also urged everyone to recognize that the people of West Africa are "our neighbors too, just as [Thomas Eric Duncan] is our neighbor."
We particularly liked this quote:
I think many people feel removed from West Africa … and yet, we shouldn't. I mean, if we care that much about one person in the United States who gets Ebola, we need to be caring that much about the families that are contracting it in West Africa, and say “We need to do the right thing [everywhere, and] not just because it's right to do at home."
Here's the link to the full video.