Multimedia | Breaking the Wall of Tropical Diseases

Nov, 15 2012

Yanis Ben Amor - Breaking the Wall of Tropical Diseases at Falling Walls 2012

Tropical Diseases were defined in the 70?s by international organizations such as the World Health Organization as those infectious ailments like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and Ebola that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations in the developing world. Most of them still lack a vaccine, but it is only with adequate health policies that they can be defeated. With this awareness, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, has developed the Millennium Villages Project as an innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Dr. Yanis Ben Amor, a molecular biologist with almost a decade of research experience in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in organizations such as the Pasteur Institute, directs the Tropical Laboratory Initiative and coordinates the tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS control programs with the Millennium Villages Project, currently operating in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. In Berlin, he will explain the innovative ideas of harnessing mobile phone technologies to provide increased access to laboratory diagnosis for the underserved in resource-constraint settings.

Related Link: Falling Walls