Although non-communicable disease (NCD) treatment facilities are sparse in developing countries, they do exist and are becoming more prevalent thanks to social entrepreneurs like Dr. Ernest Madu. Dr. Madu, founder of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, has made world class healthcare accessible and affordable to the community of Kingston, Jamaica. Through fastidious design, the use of modular units and consultation with international doctors, the Institute provides the same level of care to patients at 10% of the cost it would be in the U.S. At the time of the talk (2008), Dr. Madu’s next venture was to establish a facility in Nigeria.
This brief 16 minute speech is part of TED talks. If you aren’t familiar with TED talks, check them out. They are completely addicting and inspiring speeches given by professionals from every field (literally anything you can think of: technology, philosophy, gender gaps, food security, business, government, and so on). If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching the video. Dr. Madu will take it from here.
Margot is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology. She has experience conducting entomological and molecular biology research and is interested in pursuing graduate school in Public Health and international development.
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