Empowering the Poor

Josh Ruxin

with Josh Ruxin

Author, entrepreneur

Empowering the Poor

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Empowering the Poor

Say what you will about this generation, but when it comes to their social engagement and self-confidence, they’re unlike any in American history.  Earlier this week, when I heard the story of Nyaya Health in Nepal, India – I got a glimpse of just how galvanizing their impact will be on the world.  It was 2006, when then Yale medical student Jason Andrews and his Nepali wife, Roshani Andrews, spent their honeymoon in her hometown observing an entire region in the midst of an HIV crisis, and living without access to healthcare.  As is typical of his generation, Andrews decided to do something about it.  He quickly engaged two fellow classmates because he was “wholly compelled but completely adrift.”

Despite the pushback and lack of infrastructure, the three forged ahead and in under two years, had transformed an old abandoned grain shed into their first clinic. They have since treated more than 101,000 patients, attracted more than $1 million dollars in funding, and are creating a global network of partners to do what an entire region before them never thought possible.  I share this example because just a few years before them, another Yale Alumni, Dr. Josh Ruxin founded Health Builders with then Harvard Professors Jeffrey Sachs and Rob Glaser to improve the management of rural health centers in Rwanda.  Although their work is well documented, the big lesson from Ruxin’s memoir – A Thousand Hills to Heaven – is that it all starts with sound management principles.