Wednesday, April 1
Fighting Malaria in Sierra Leone:
A Grassroots Approach to a Global Challenge
HHE Room 215
2:25 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
About the Speaker
Mathias Esmann is a co-founder of the international non-profit organization Global Minimum (GMin). GMin focuses on promoting public health and fighting malaria by developing new techniques to distribute mosquito nets in at-risk regions around the world more effectively. GMin is currently most active in Sierra Leone and emphasizes local ownership and cultural sensitivity to achieve a very high usage rate for mosquito nets. The organization is a global network of students interested in student-led development and is currently comprised of members from all continents.
Mathias hails from Vejle, Denmark, and was privileged to attend the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, where he became friends with GMin's other co-founders. Immediately after finishing his International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, he took a gap year where he taught English in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, worked as a substitute school teacher and became involved with GMin. He organized and participated in GMin's first project in Sierra Leone during the summer of 2007 after which he started his undergraduate degree at Princeton University. Mathias is currently pursuing a degree in Public Policy and International Affairs.
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