How to End a Plague: Smartphones, Science & Partnerships

Mar 11, 2017

5:00pm – 6:00pm CT

Smallpox is the only disease that has ever been eradicated. But thanks to advances in science and technology, the world is now on the cusp of eliminating several debilitating diseases that affect the world's poor. These diseases include trachoma that currently threatens 186 million people in 51 developing countries with blindness. During this panel discussion, experts who have dedicated their careers to ending trachoma will explain how smartphones have been a critical weapon in the fight against the disease. And with a trachoma-free world possible by 2020, the panel will offer their insights about how technology could be used to eliminate other diseases affecting the world’s poor.

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Oumer Abdurahman

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Paul Emerson

The Task Force for Global Health

Beck Willis

The Task Force for Global Health

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