- Bill Gates is to give the Hawking Fellowship lecture at Cambridge University
- Says solving malnutrition could help end obesity and diseases in the West
- Asthma and allergies could be prevented and malaria ‘virtually eliminated’
- Scientists will ‘smartly engineer intervention’ to fix the good bacteria in the gut
- By solving malnutrition we can ‘fix one of the biggest contributors to inequity’
The curse of world hunger and malnutrition will be ended by 2040 through major breakthroughs in science, Bill Gates will say today.
And malaria will be ‘virtually eliminated’, according to the billionaire US philanthropist.
Official figures show around 820million people suffer from hunger around the world with nearly a billion more having other forms of malnutrition which result in severe weight loss and impaired development.
Giving a lecture at Cambridge University, Microsoft tycoon Mr Gates, 63, will say solving malnutrition could also help end the obesity epidemic in the West and prevent asthma, allergies and some autoimmune diseases.
He will stress: ‘I get asked a lot what I would choose if I could only solve one problem. My answer is always malnutrition. It’s the greatest health inequity in the world. Period. By solving malnutrition, we can fix one of the biggest contributors to inequity.’
Mr Gates predicts over the next 20 years ‘we will solve malnutrition and significantly reduce the number of nutrition-related deaths’. He will say: ‘If you don’t get enough nutrition during the first three years of life, you don’t develop properly – physically or mentally.’ The businessman will give the Hawking Fellowship lecture – named after Professor Stephen Hawking who died in 2018. Gates used to discuss science with the professor.
He will say two forms of malnutrition are well–understood – those caused by infections and a lack of nutrients. But a third cause remains a puzzle.