TEDx is an organization known for their powerful speakers and their ability to spread knowledge and ideas from science to business to global issues.

Here are five talks that address the global healthcare crisis from five different perspectives, all with the hopes of making positive changes to the healthcare needs around the world.

1. Achieving a grand convergence in global health by 2035: Gavin Yamey TEDx Berlin Salon

There are many deaths in low and middle income families around the world that could have been prevented.

Children born anywhere on the planet should have a long and healthy life, and pregnancy and childbirth should no longer be a death sentence for certain mothers. 1 in 10 children in the poorest countries don’t make it to their fifth birthday. Gavin Yamey goes through ways to close the global health gap by 2035. Doing so will increase economic growth substantially. Every one dollar spent in investing in convergence would return nine to twenty dollars — well worth the investment.

2. The global health paradox: Sean Kelly at TEDx Columbia Engineering School.

Vending machines are more important than hospitals at helping the global healthcare problem.

The snacks and drinks offered from vending machines can be the tipping point for the global healthcare crisis and reverse the trend of educational decline. Sean Kelly tells people how offering healthy snack options can positively impact a better tomorrow. The main focus is on the impact in America, but the idea nutritional education is a global need. Imagine a world where healthy food is easier to find than junk food.

3. Individual health is a driving force behind global health: Jason Lee TEDx Oakville

We are active participants in our health.

It’s not just something that happens to us. Individual health is essential to global health. We live in a time where people are dying to know about health and are on prescriptions and relying on doctors to help with symptoms that could be avoided if we were actively working toward better health — freeing up medical care to have a greater impact around the world. People struggle from lifestyle deficiencies but solve them with medicine rather than a change in lifestyle. We must fill our cups with proper nutrition. Genes are affected by nutrition and lifestyle. Changing the choices you make in nutrition keeps companies accountable for what they are putting in their food. We can control what foods are made globally by the choices we make.

4. Global Healthcare Revolutionary: Vanessa Kerry at TEDx Boston

There aren’t enough doctors and nurses in the countries that need them. The need is greater but the development opportunities are few and medical health professionals are leaving the places that need them most. Depleted medical healthcare is running rampant globally. Vanessa Kerry created a nonprofit called Seed Global Health to help the global healthcare crisis. “Seed Global Health partners with the Peace Corps to pair US clinicians with public sector teaching institutions in resource poor countries to help nurture the future caregivers and educators in these countries of great need.”

5. Poverty, Disaster Relief and International Health: Fred Gottlieb, MD at TEDx ParkCity

Fred Gottlieb talked about the myths we are taught that impact people’s views of poverty and international healthcare.

He talks about how we are giving the fish, teaching how to fish, but people around the world need to know where the river is located to find the fish. When we bring our supplies and materials, people are losing confidence in those who are there all the time serving the local population. Instead of taking our skills and interests and bringing them to others, we need to ask what the need is, bring additional skills and teaching, and then let local healthcare providers do the work with their skills and ability to follow-up with patients.

See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ