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September 1, 2014 at 6:34 AM

UW research, gamers could help with fighting Ebola

Congratulations to the UW for its creative research involving gamers to find a way to stop Ebola [“Gamers helping UW in Ebola research,” Local News, Aug. 25]. This is part of a long game that can help in the future fight against global epidemics.

Another piece of the puzzle is being worked on by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Gavi works with developing countries to create sustainable plans to make sure all children are vaccinated against disease. In the process, new health structures are created. Effective health infrastructures are the key to identifying and stopping diseases like Ebola before they threaten millions. Gavi will vaccinate 300 million children, saving 5 million lives in the next four years alone.

Early next year Gavi will be asking for a $7.5 billion infusion from public and private donors to accomplish these goals. An inspirational pledge of $250 million a year from America will help this to happen. We the people can add our voices, requesting our elected representatives to support this live-saving pledge.

Willie Dickerson, Snohomish

Comments | Topics: global health, University of Washington, video games

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