In this discussion experts, development practitioners, and social entrepreneurs considered local innovations to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, including telemedicine in Jamaica (MDLink), an app for contact tracing in Ecuador (Grupo Link & Kin Analytics), and low-cost ventilators in Colombia (InspiraMed with Ruta N).
Cesar Buenadicha and Ruth Houliston of the IDB Lab at the Inter-American Development Bank provided an overview of the innovation competition and regional context, followed by presentations on individual projects. Elaina Faust (G’21) moderated the discussion.
This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown Global Health Initiative, Global Human Development Program, and the MS Global Health Program.
Dr. Ché Bowen is the founder and CEO of MDLink Ltd.
Cesar Buenadicha is the head of the Discovery Unit in the IDB Lab at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Juan Carlos Holguin is CEO of Grupo Link Latinamerica.
Ruth Houliston is a senior consultant with the IDB Lab at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Andres Perez is CEO is KIN Analytics.
Anselmo Reggiardo is director of sales at CASPR Biotech.
Juan Andrés Vásquez is executive director of Ruta N.
Elaina Faust (G’21) is a graduate student in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.