It's the end of 'easy solutions' in global health, Peter Piot says

Microbiologist and former UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot. Photo by: Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO — Peter Piot is a world renowned microbiologist, but only so much progress can be made within the laboratory, the former UNAIDS executive director told Devex.

In 1976, a patient died of a mysterious illness at Yambuku Mission Hospital in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A month after patient zero was hospitalized, and after several dozen patients developed hemorrhagic fevers, blood samples from a nun who died were sent to the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.