“No Room for Saviors in Global Health”

Growing up in Karachi, in a village without electricity or running water, Matt Reeve saw how deprivation shapes people’s health choices.

He’s carried that perspective into his role as a technical advisor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, where he teaches that there’s no room for saviors in global health—it’s a team effort—and that people skills can outweigh technical skills.

Working with semi-nomadic Maasai and Samburu pastoralists in Kenya, for example, the institute put heaters in delivery rooms to make them more acceptable to Maasai women, who believe that laboring women need a very hot environment.

University of Melbourne (Commentary)

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