Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ latest Instagram image of his father William Henry Gate II has gone viral.
Bill Gates Sr. as his father is better known, is seen wearing a baseball cap made from condoms. Microsoft founder wrote that the cap his father wore was gifted by a social activist from Thailand named Méchai Viravaidya. Gates had earlier shared pictures of Méchai promoting and appreciating the need to popularise condoms and safe sex in Thailand.
In his post, Bill wrote, that he was sharing a throw back picture of his father wearing a baseball hat made out of hundreds of condoms at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting.
“Efforts to destigmatize contraceptives have been so successful that he is affectionately known as ‘Mr. Condom’, or the ‘Condom King’, in his home country.”
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#TBT to the time that my dad wore a baseball hat made from hundreds of condoms to our foundation’s annual meeting. The hat was a gift from a social activist from Thailand named Méchai Viravaidya. His efforts to destigmatize contraceptives have been so successful that he is affectionately known as “Mr. Condom,” or the “Condom King,” in his home country.
Gates’ post went viral instantly on social and has collected over 1,41,000 likes on Instagram at the time of publishing this article.
He also praised his efforts and said that Thailand became one of the first countries in the world to achieve a considerable reduction in the rising HIV cases.
Gates had also shared the different marketing techniques adopted by Méchai to normalise the use of condoms. He remarked that Mr. Condom’s efforts helped in keeping the population under check and also reduced STDs to a great extent. Gates has also urged other countries to take lead from this Thai gentleman and adopt techniques that encourage family planning.
Gates in his earlier post on Méchai had written,
“In a country where most people were uneasy discussing sex, Méchai Viravaidya pushed the conversation out into the open. Méchai has helped improve the lives of millions of people in Thailand. And the Thai people have thanked him with an honour that is perhaps the greatest measure of his impact.”
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