Bill Gates: Cell phones can track newborns for shots | Knowledge of births, locations could be used for vaccination plans
The massive effort was discussed by Gates at a recent mHealth Summit, which delved into the issues of technology and health.
According to a report today from Natural News, Gates told a conference late last year that the goal is a lower population, and using vaccines to improve early childhood health is a step in that direction.
“That sounds paradoxical,” he said. “The fact is that within a decade of improving health outcomes, parents decide to have [fewer] children.”
The SmartPlanet blog earlier documented the comments, explaining Gates said that if every worldwide birth could be registered on a cell phone, authorities could ensure that children get the correct vaccinations.
The conference has posted a video of the presentation by Gates, who previously has touted the use of vaccines as a way to bring down the world’s population. His comments regarding cell phones and vaccinations are at about the 14-minute mark of the linked video.
He said the cell-phone technology now available should be put to use for health purposes, when and where it can.
“If you could register every birth on the cell phone, get fingerprints, get a location, then you could take the systems where you go around and make sure the immunizations happen,” he said. “Run them in a more effective way.”
He said the vaccines that are available today – if they just would be delivered and administered to those who are in need – could make a significant difference in the world’s health and population.
He said there are about 8.5 million annual deaths among children from birth to age 5, down from 20 million in 1960. He said a third of the improvement has come from better food and housing conditions, but the majority of the improvement is from vaccinations.
Gates said tracking systems also could allow phone messages to parents so they bring their children in for vaccinations on a timely basis. He also said the goal of reducing the population is imperative, as problems with the environment, schools, nutrition and societal unrest “are insoluable at a growth rate of 3 percent per year.”
“There will be no trees, animals, schools, jobs … nobody can handle that type of situation,” he said.