Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE discusses what she believes to be two very closely related issues: poverty and poor health. She explains that in order to improve people's health, we need to provide social and economic support in addition to medicine.
Dr. Helene Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle serves on several boards, including those of the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, and the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and currently serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Dr. Gayle explains CARE's methods of alleviating maternal mortality, which she calls the "most inexcusable death on the face of the earth."
From small changes like hanging privacy curtains to large-scale innovations, like providing drugs and efficient staff, Dr. Gayle's program has succeeded in reducing maternal deaths by half in a region of Peru.