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The ribbon cutting at the opening of the exhibition, from left to right, Michael Tees, Jeanne White-Ginder, Gyawu Mahama, Dr. Glass, Dr. Lindberg, Dr. Cargill, Niko and Theo Milonopoulos, Dr. Geiger and Tanyaporn WansomThis is a five part series of speakers who addressed an audience of high school students from Maryland, Virginia and DC at the opening program for the interactive exhibition, Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health. The event was held on Wednesday April 16, 2008, at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Against the Odds presents stories as varied as the public health problems posed by Hurricane Katrina to a successful campaign for oral rehydration in Bangladesh, from "barefoot doctors" in China, to the model health center in South Africa, which inspired the community health center movement in the U.S. "Against the Odds" focuses on how individuals and communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments and international organizations, have made and are making a difference in the health of people around the globe.

  • podcast icon Dr Roger Glass: Bringing Health Home

    Dr. Glass speaking in front of the exhibition at the opening
    Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dr. Roger Glass, director of the NIH Fogarty International Center, relates his experiences studying Cholera in Bangladesh. He describes how oral rehydration therapy developed in Bangladesh is making a difference to current health solutions in the USA.
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  • podcast icon Dr Jack Geiger: Campaigning for Change

    Dr. Geiger in the exhibition at the opening
    Dr. Jack Geiger
    Dr Jack Geiger, founding member and past president of Physicians for Human Rights, talks about his experiences founding a community health center in Mississippi. He demonstrates how anyone can make a difference in their community by being an advocate for change.
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  • podcast icon Dr Victoria Cargill: Putting People First

    Dr. Cargill speaking at the exhibition opening
    Dr. Victoria Cargill
    Dr. Victoria Cargill is Director of Clinical Studies and Director of Minority Research at the NIH Office of AIDS and founding Director of Stopping AIDS is My Mission. She explains the circuitous route her career has taken, and her unwavering commitment to her patients.
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  • podcast icon Jeanne White-Ginder: Speaking Out

    Jeanne White-Ginder in the exhibition at the opening
    Jeanne White-Ginder
    Jeanne White-Ginder talks about the discrimination her son, Ryan White faced because he was HIV positive. She describes how his activism inspired her to advocate for people with AIDS after his death.
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  • podcast icon Panel Discussion: Getting Involved

    Seated panelists Tanyaporn Wansom, speaking, and Niko and Theo Milonopoulos at the exhibition opening
    Tanyaporn Wansom and Niko and Theo Milonopoulos
    Five young advocates talk about their inspiration to get involved in global health. A larger panel of all the speakers explains why they have chosen to devote their lives and careers to these causes.
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