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On Monday, IntraHealth International hosted TEDxChapelHill, one of 82 independently organized events worldwide that included live broadcasts of TEDxChange in New York. TEDxChange was co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED to mark the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Pape Gaye, IntraHealth president and CEO, kicked off the local event by asking the audience to recognize how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go in guaranteeing all global citizens their rights to education, health, and dignity.
The live broadcast was themed around “The Future We’ll Make” and included four speakers and two live performances by Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, musicians from Sierra Leone.
Although the speakers did not coordinate their remarks ahead of time, all four focused on the essential role of girls and women in achieving our future success and growth as a global community, and stressed the importance of educating girls and guaranteeing their access to health care, including family planning.
Gates wrapped up the event by saying, “We’ve made more progress in the last 10 years than any other period in history combined.”
As part of TEDx, people were encouraged to share their vision of the future we make through pictures. The responses from some of IntraHealth's staff can be seen here.
A video was also made of the pre-event gathering and Pape Gaye's introductory remarks.