An international health guru
Marc Mitchell has worked in 38 countries and has developed a prolific career in international health and health management dedicated to the improvement of health care of developing countries. Irina Haivas caught up with the Harvard professor who has plans to change the world
After a traditional path through medical school and specialist training in paediatrics, my wife and I decided to go around the world for some freedom and excitement. We went to Tanzania where I practised paediatrics for 18 months in a rural hospital. Since the largest cause of death there was measles, I realised that if I were to have any impact on health, my clinical skills were not enough. I needed to help make sure every child in Tanzania was immunised for measles with vaccines that were potent. This is what changed my views and my path.
Going to a new country and figuring out their health system, what is working well and what needs fixing. And then trying to fix it.