It comes to something when it falls on society and its members to fund research into curing disease and illness, and it really takes a special individual to take it upon themselves to do something about it, despite knowing that pharmaceutical companies will be the ones to eventually reap the financial rewards.
Thank you Bill Gates who has announced that he is donating £76million towards Alzheimers research.
Bill has personal experience of the disease with many of the men in his family being diagnosed in later life. In a recent blog post he wrote " I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity, and there is nothing you can do about it. It feels a lot like you're experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew".
ccording to the Alzheimer’s Society, more than 46 million people are estimated to be currently living with dementia worldwide and that figure is expected to increase to over a 100 million by 2050.
In the UK, 850,000 people are living with dementia and the condition affects one in six people over 80. A 2014 study by the charity found the total cost of dementia to the UK was more than £26 billion a year, with around £4 billion falling on the NHS and more than £10 billion on the social care system. If these staggering figures are not reason enough to find a cure then I dont know what is.
Lets hope that those with the power, money and infleunce continue to raise awareness of the urgent need for more to be done.