Medic Mobile, a nonprofit organisation that builds software to help improve health in hard to reach communities, invites you to a fireside chat with Josh Nesbit, the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer who can also best be described as a pre-med-turned-social-entrepreneur.
The chat will be held this Friday, 31st May 2019, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Outbox, located on the 4th Floor, Soliz House, 23 Lumumba Avenue.
Currently, Medic Mobile's software helps over 24,400 community health workers provide care to more than 11 million people in 14 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The organization focuses on ensuring safe pregnancies, increasing coverage for childhood immunization, delivering lifesaving treatments for children, monitoring stock levels for essential medicines, and tracking disease outbreaks faster.
Nesbit will share about digital health, community health and healthcare technology from the Medic Mobile perspective.. He will also share about his journey transiting from being a medical doctor to entrepreneur.
As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Josh Nesbit was on track to going to medical school and becoming a doctor. But in 2008, when Josh was an undergraduate working at St. Gabriel's Hospital in rural Malawi; he saw first hand the repercussions of health care inequality. The patients he saw would walk as far as 100 miles for treatments, community health workers walked over 30 miles to deliver updates on patients and only one doctor was responsible for a quarter of a million people in his community.
“It was clear we needed to rethink that healthcare system,” Nesbit told Global Citizen.
During his practice, Josh saw a great opportunity for improved health service provision. He observed stronger cell phone reception in the Malawian rural village than back home in California. The next time he returned to the hospital, he was carrying a suitcase of $10 Nokia phones. The impact of communication and better support for frontline health workers was clear. He joined forces with co-founder Isaac Holeman, and Medic Mobile was born.
Medic Mobile works by connecting thousands of health workers with medical professionals and giving them the tools that they need to provide their communities with medical support.
Before co-founding Medic Mobile, Josh studied global health and bioethics at Stanford University, where his qualitative research focused on pediatric HIV/AIDS in Malawi. He is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He has served on the Board of Directors for Developing Radio Partners and IntraHealth International. Josh was selected by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development, received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development, and was named by Forbes as one of the world's 30 top social entrepreneurs. In 2014, Medic Mobile received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2016, he received a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. Josh's role is to connect people, spearhead partnerships, and let the world know what Medic is all about. Josh is continually inspired by community health workers around the world and emboldened by a vision of global health equity.
“Our secret tool is moral imagination,” he said. “We try not to be stopped by the normal questions of how much money something will make or whether or not tax dollars should be spent on it.”
4:00pm - 4:30pm: Arrival & Networking
4:30pm - 5:15pm:
5:15pm - 5:30pm: Tea & Snack Break
5:30pm - 6:15pm:
6:15pm - 6:45pm:
6:45pm Wrap and Departure