UB collaborates in the international event TEDxBarcelonaChange about global health and development

The University of Barcelona collaborated in the organization of the social entrepreneurship event TEDxBarcelonaChange, which took place yesterday, 3rd April at the headquarters of the Official College of Odontologists and Stomatologists of Catalonia (COEC). Entitled “Positive disruption in global health, development and cooperation”, the event gathered international prestigious experts who described their experiences and provide innovative ideas in the field of global health and development.

TEDxChange is an event created out of a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the international platform TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). It is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. It is meant to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics including vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health and agricultural development. This year was the first time that the event took place in Barcelona.
 
Jordi Martí is one of the participating speakers that can be highlighted from yesterday. He is the founder of DBS Screening and has developed an early blood diagnosis system for infectious as well as chronic diseases, accessible for underprivileged or out of reach communities. Another remarkable speaker is Quique Bassat, who is currently working at CRESIB, the research centre of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) where he coordinates the implementation of projects related to malaria in countries as Mozambique, Brasil, India or Papúa New Guinea. Other outstanding speakers are: Joya Barnerjee, co-founder of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS in New York; Lluís Pareras, director of Healthequity, a venture capital fund investing in healthcare; Paula Farias, former president of Doctors without Borders in Spain; Fran Equiza, Oxfam GB’s Regional Director for the Horn, East and Central Africa; and Jordi Renart, responsible for Partnerships and External Relations for the United Nations World Food Programme in East and Central Africa.
Before live speech, lectures, which took place simultaneously in Seattle in an event chaired by Melinda Gates, were live broadcast. The event closed by a networking session among its 350 participants and speakers. 
 
 
The programme of the event can be read on this link.