Seyi Oyesola - Rich Hospital, Poor HospitalStreaming Video - 2012
Physician Seyi Oyesola has noticed that a high number of common, survivable ailments and injuries - including burns, trauma, and heart attacks - are killing thousands of Africans each year because basic medical care is inaccessible. To help bring surgical care to every region of the continent, Oyesola co-developed CompactOR, or the "Hospital in a Box," a portable, medical system that contains anesthetic and surgical equipment. The operating suite is light enough to be dropped into inaccessible zones by helicopter and can be powered by solar panels. "We jokingly refer to [intensive care] as 'Expensive Scare,'" says Oyesola in this engaging TEDTalk. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital - all low-tech hacks and donated supplies - drives home the challenge of doing basic health care in this underdeveloped country.