About: Dr. Julius Emmrich is working on ways to make healthcare accessible to people living in extreme poverty. He is the co-founder and chairman of Doctors for Madagascar, a charity supporting healthcare development.
In his day job he works as a neurologist and neuroscientist at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He is affiliated with the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and holds a Junior Clinician Scientist position at the Berlin Institute of Health.
Born in Freiburg, Julius grew up next to a farm in Bavaria. He got pretty good at packing during his student years: studying medicine at the Universities of Freiburg and Leipzig, gathering data for his doctoral thesis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and finally for an MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge.
But time and again, his interest in social challenges led him to Africa: He first experienced medicine on the continent as a nursing assistant in Cape Town and later as a medical student in hospitals in Cameroon and Mali.
Deeply impressed by meeting a Malagasy surgeon in 2009, he set up Doctors for Madagascar with the aim of improving healthcare in the rural south of the island, where health insurances are largely unavailable and many people lack access even to the most basic services. Julius asks the question: how can healthcare in Sub-saharan Africa be made financially sustainable for both providers and patients?