Introducing TEDxSpotlights: Curated playlists about pressing global issues

The TEDx library is composed of nearly 80,000 talks that are presented in more than 170 countries around the world. It’s an impressive collection of ideas worth spreading. And while we love the idea of viewers discovering new talks through their own inspired online searches, we also want to highlight a few of the talks that tackle some of the most pressing global issues facing us today.

We’re calling these curated playlists, “TEDxSpotlights.” We are launching this series, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with five talks on pandemics. TEDxSpotlights>Pandemics are ideas by leading global healthcare professionals who collectively present a holistic approach on how we might better prepare ourselves in the fight against eradicating some of the world’s most frightening diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Dengue Fever. We learn about the crisis behind the cost of drugs; how stigma can be devastating for both patients and health care workers; and how we must develop new systems to battle neglected diseases. What all of the talks have in common is a shared and impassioned look into the ways in which the battle is being fought – or should be fought – against some of the most devastating infectious diseases of our time.

Stay tuned for monthly TEDxSpotlights that curate and focus on global themes and ideas from the TEDx community. Take part in this program by sharing the trailer and the playlists with your community.

TEDxSpotlights>Pandemics was produced with thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With special thanks to Ronnie Planalp, Dennis Liotta, Ellen ‘t Hoen, Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, Bruce Aylward and Nahid Bhadelia.

Check out all of the talks included in the playlist below:

A Drug Discoverer’s Approach to Neglected Diseases | Dennis Liotta | TEDxPlaceDesNations

Zika virus, dengue fever, chikungunya. These widespread viruses have been around for decades, so why has there has never been a drug developed to treat them? In this fascinating talk from TEDxPlaceDesNations, Dennis Liotta discusses overcoming the funding gap for promising technologies and how his program is developing affordably priced drugs for disadvantaged communities in Africa.

Making advanced medicines available to the world: Ellen ‘t Hoen at TEDxZurich

If we want to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic affordable access to the latest treatments is critical. From TEDxZurich, Ellen t’Hoen introduces the Medicines Patent Pool, a voluntary initiative allowing pharmaceutical patent holders to extend licenses to generic drugmakers. The catch? t’Hoen says we’re counting on the willingness of big pharmaceutical companies to make this happen: “We count on those companies that understand that it is in the interest, not only in the interest of the global good, but also in their own interest, to move from conflict to collaboration…So they’d better jump now.”

Remaining Ethical in the Search for the Cure: Boghuma Kabisen Titanji at TEDxGoodenoughCollege

A housewife in sub-Saharan Africa is a part of an innovative HIV clinical trial, but she can’t pay for transportation to her clinic, or the treatment she needs to survive. In this elegant talk, Boghuma Kabisen Titanji provides four areas of focus to answer a pressing question: How can researchers ensure they’re not taking advantage of people affected by pandemics?

Beating ebola | Bruce Aylward | TEDxPlaceDesNations

Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we’ve learned the deadly virus can be controlled, and ultimately stopped. From TEDxPlacesDesNations, Bruce Aylward presents the four strategies implemented by Ebola-afflicted communities that prove we are winning the fight. “Not only can the response catch up to the disease,” says Aylward, “but this disease can be driven to zero.”

Fear and Stigma in the Age of Ebola | Nahid Bhadelia | TEDxNatick

For those with infectious diseases, stigma can be a devastating. At TEDxNatick, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia speaks about her unpleasant return to the U.S. after taking care of Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and the stigmas surrounding the emerging epidemic.

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