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Global Medicine - Special Guest, U.C. Berkeley's Dr. Prata

Public Health in Developing Nations - Today on Sylviaglobal.com

Monday, March 17th, 5pm

This is an online event.

“Hot Questions”


  • Is prevention an insurable event? Who should pay for preventive care particularly as it applies to reproductive health?
  • Who is ultimately responsible for the life and health of a child? and how do we make that entity responsible?

Host, Global Medicine

Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, M.D. is a respected member of the California medical community and a prominent voice in the crusade to improve the broken healthcare system.

Dr. Zwelling-Aamot is a quadruple board-certified physician, a notable achievement even among the best doctors in the nation. Marcy graduated with honors from Wellesley College and studied medicine at New York University Medical School where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Zwelling arrived in Los Angeles in 1980 and completed her residency training in both Internal and Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA. She achieved board certification in both specialties and went on to complete certifications in Critical Care and Quality Assurance / Utilization Review.

Special Guest

Dr. Ndola Prata

Dr. Prata is an Angolan physician and medical demographer who has worked throughout Africa and Asia. She has designed the protocols and directed technical assistance and training for our clinical demonstration studies in Tanzania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Zambia and Ethiopia. She is an Associate Professor in Residence of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley where she also holds the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning. Dr. Prata is also the Director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Prata has published extensively in areas of family planning, financing and ability to pay for reproductive health programs, the role of the private sector in health care in developing countries, adolescent sexual behavior in developing countries, priorities for maternal health, and the use of misoprostol to manage postpartum bleeding.

She received a medicine degree in Angola and an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Early in her career, she practiced medicine for 10 years and served as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola.

Special Guest

Richard Trimble

Richard Trimble studied the basic sciences at City College of San Francisco, where he founded the now AMSA certified Premed Club before transferring to UC Berkeley to continue his education in Molecular Toxicology as well as to complete a two year internship at the Energy Biosciences Institute, where he contributed to biofuel research. He has a passion for volunteering, and has served at the Navy College Office in Charleston S.C, and as a Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Coordinator, for which he earned a letter of commendation. Currently, he volunteers at Highland Health Advocates in the Alameda County Medical Center, where he helps people in need connect with government programs for assistance. Richard is also currently an Outreach Coordinator for Seed of Health, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to building sustainable clinics in developing nations.

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Important Questions & Answers


  1. Tell me about growing up in Angola?
  2. How has Angola changed in the last 2-3 decades ? New problems? Old problems yet unsolved?
  3. Knowing that education is at the heart of the success of developing countries, why is that so difficult to accomplish even in our own America?
  4. How can the private sector reach these poor countries and what would you say is the first thing we need to accomplish to give their citizens the opportunities we find essential to a better life? or should we be deciding at all?
  5. Do we even want the government(s) involved in the decisions around reproductive health ? health in general?




And some “Hot Questions”


  • Is prevention an insurable event? Who should pay for preventive care particularly as it applies to reproductive health?
  • Who is ultimately responsible for the life and health of a child? and how do we make that entity responsible?