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Getting Medicines to the Middle of Nowhere: Chris Wright at TEDxTacoma

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Up to one-third of the world's population has limited access to affordable, quality medicines. Chris Wright has been working in international development for over 20 years and has been with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) since 2002, working to address this problem. He focuses on public health supply chain management to improve access to medicines, contraceptives, and vaccines, optimizing supply chains, strengthening logistics MIS and data transparency, and developing human capacity for supply chain management in resource-limited countries.

As Deputy Country Director for Systems Strengthening in Tanzania from 2010--2012 and in Nigeria 2008--2010, he oversaw a broad portfolio of technical assistance activities to strengthen health commodity supply chains in the public sector. These included support to the HIV, laboratory, and TB commodity supply chains, and capacity building for the Tanzania Medical Stores Department (MSD) and the Nigerian Federal Central Medical Store, and other health workers involved in managing health commodities. Wright also oversaw the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning system for MSD in Tanzania, and conceived and led initial development for an innovative electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS). Wright has recently taken a keen interest in opportunities to better integrate vaccines and cold chain logistics into other public health supply chain systems. He has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Prior to his career in public health, Wright developed and produced creative communication media and live marketing and product demonstration events for clients in the high tech sector. This evolved out of a decade of professional theater experience first as a technician, then as a writer, performer, director and producer of social and political satire reviews and improvisational comedy. Wright lives with his wife and two sons on the Hood Canal.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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