Philanthropist, humanitarian, and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates couldn’t stop praising Mechai Viravaidya, a social activist and politician from Thailand on his Instagram account. Mechai is the man behind popularising the use of condoms in Thailand. The man is known for promoting safe sex and family planning in his country. People of Thailand affectionately call him ‘The Condon King’ for his contribution in spreading AIDS awareness. Mechai is the reason Thailand became one of the first countries in the world to achieve a considerable reduction in the rising HIV cases.
“In a country where most people were uneasy discussing sex, Mechai Viravaidya pushed the conversation out into the open,” writes Mr Gates in his Instagram post, sharing four pictures of Mr Viravaidya while praising his efforts.
“Mechai has helped improve the lives of millions of people in Thailand. And the Thai people have thanked him with an honor that is perhaps the greatest measure of his impact,” he adds.
“When people in Thailand want a condom, they don’t call it a condom. Instead, they refer to it by the name of the man who taught them the importance of using one – they ask for a ‘Mechai.'”

Since being shared online, the post has collected over 62,000 ‘likes’ and hundreds of comments.
The Instagram post comes just days after Bill Gates shared a piece hailing the ‘condom king’ on his blog.
In a blog post entitled ‘All Hail the Condom King’, Mr Gates praised Mechai Viravaidya’s goal to destigmatize contraceptives.
Know how Mechai contributed in decreasing the population of Thailand and the ways in which he popularised the use of condoms: