A new course on global health delivery, offered as part of MIT Sloan School of Management‘s global entrepreneur lab series, is an emerging field that looks at how health care can reach the neediest people in both wealthy and developing countries. Financial Times ran a feature Sunday on this unusual business course, which works on case studies of organizations that have been innovative at solving those problems.
Anjali Sastry, the Sloan professor who created the course, says the idea came to her after watching Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, an organization that helps poor patients receive drugs to treat Aids and tuberculosis, give a speech on Sloan’s campus. After his talk, a throng of students surrounded him, asking how to get involved.
“It got me thinking about leveraging student power and enthusiasm to tackle some of these challenges,” says Sastry. “At MIT, there’s a huge interest in working at the intersection of the technical and the social.”
Check out Health Lessons in the Field to read more on this innovative program.
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