Monday, 27 October 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker - AGNES BINAGWAHO

AGNES BINAGWAHO is a Rwandan pediatrician and serves as Minister of Health. After practicing medicine for over 15 years, Dr. Binagwaho joined the National AIDS Control Commission as Executive Secretary in 2002. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Binagwaho also serves on the International Strategic Advisory Board for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Over the last decade a small miracle has happened in the Rwandan health sector. Deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria dropped by 80 percent, maternal mortality dropped by 60 percent, life expectancy doubled. Dr. Paul Farmer, Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Partners In Health, says that, "Rwanda has shown on a national level that you can break the cycle of poverty and disease."

In addition to leading to her busy role, Dr Binagwaho continuously engages with the people, on and offline. While waiting for her TEDxEuston talk, you can join her vibrant twitter chats every Monday here @agnesbinagwaho. Expect some of that passion on the TEDxEuston stage!

This talk will be part of a new TEDxChange programme at TEDxEuston. TEDxChange is created supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development.

Get one of the last tickets for TEDxEuston HERE.

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