Moisés Russo

YC Member 2004 - 2007

From Chile

Moises is a Medical Doctor graduated from the University of Chile (maximum distinction) and holds a Master of Bioethics degree (summa cum laude) from the Catholic University at Leuven (Belgium), the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and the University of Padova (Italy). His research focused on HIV testing strategies in developing countries. He was for the academic year 2007 – 2008 a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, working in the Center for Molecular Oncologic Pathology.

A coordinator of community SRR programs, he joined the Chilean Association for the Protection of Family’s Board of Directors in 2002, where he served until 2007. He was active in the strategic planning of the organization, trained new personnel in SRR issues, participated in local advocacy work, and was coordinator and lecturer of a SRHR course at the University of Chile’s School of Obstetrics. He was a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) Board of Directors from 2003 to 2008, and a member of IPPF Governing Council in London from 2003 to 2008. He has participated in various international meetings and conferences in the fields of HIV and AIDS, and was for a short time a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (Our bodies, Ourselves), organization he still cooperates with.

He is currently a Medical Coordinator and Quality of Care Advisor at IPPF/WHR. He continues to have a medical practice part-time as a GP and is a member of the Scientific Ethics Commission of the Western Metropolitan Area in Santiago, Chile. Interested in health system development, he is presently pursuing a Master in Applied Economics at Georgetown University/ILADES.

His years in the YC taught him the power of consensus building and provided him with a network of outstanding individuals who are both passionate about human rights and willing to make a difference in the world they live in. His experience in the Youth Coalition and the things he learned from its members were essential in defining his personal goals and life’s purpose.