Across the globe there are huge disparities in access to basic services such as healthcare, education, and economic resources, with the UN estimating over 98 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Economic equality and microorganisms are closely linked, for example it is estimated that four years of progress against poverty has been erased by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential that the interconnected nature of human financial systems and microbial research is better appreciated and understood to successfully strive for a world with Economic Equality.
At Applied Microbiology International, we truly believe that it is possible for applied microbial research to contribute towards positive significant changes and move towards a world with economic equality by identifying those areas which actively maintain cycles of poverty and disparity. By identifying such areas, it will become possible to tackle these challenges directly, using both microbiological knowledge and microbiology as a tool to uplift communities suffering with economic inequality.