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Cutting the Crap: Saving Lives by Solving the Right Problem | Barbara Evans | TEDxMacclesfield

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With thousands dying every day due to a global sanitation crisis, many of them children, Barbara Evans grew frustrated with investment frequently being spent on the wrong solutions or the wrong places. Instead of writing another dull report, she developed a straightforward visual tool with an amusingly straightforward name that could break down barriers and quickly cut to the crux of the problem – A way of drawing focus to the right problem that could help tackle other, equally complex global issues.

A chartered engineer with a second degree in Development Studies, Barbara Evans is Professor in Public Health Engineering at the University of Leeds. She leads a multi-disciplinary team that works on sanitation, hygiene and water services in the global south, with a focus on cities. Barbara worked as a consultant and at the World Bank for over 20 years, living in South and East Asia, Africa and Latin America. She advises organisations including the UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prof Evans has won prizes but is most proud of the graduates of her training programme, who are now working to improve public health through better sanitation in their home countries. A chartered engineer with a second degree in Development Studies, Barbara Evans is Professor in Public Health Engineering at the University of Leeds. She leads a multi-disciplinary team that works on sanitation, hygiene and water services in the global south, with a focus on cities. Barbara worked as a consultant and at the World Bank for over 20 years, living in South and East Asia, Africa and Latin America. She advises organisations including the UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Barbara has won prizes but is most proud of the graduates of her training programme who are now working to improve public health through better sanitation in their home countries. She lives with her family in Macclesfield. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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