Citizen Ambassador 2010, Adam Burtle, USA
Adam Burtle, 29, is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker with nearly a decade of experience in digital cinema. In 2008 he began shifting his focus to medicine, and in 2009 enrolled in college with the intention of applying to medical school. His primary interests are in global health, and addressing the effects of poverty and structural violence. His latest project is a film shot in the United States and West Africa, focused on recent measles outbreaks and the global effort to eradicate this disease.
Adam was selected as a UN Citizen Ambassador after submitting his commentary, "MDG 4 & our community," where he addresses the efforts to create a model for sustainable measles fundraising. Since 2007 measles funding has been cut by more than 75 percent, and more than 30 African countries have experienced outbreaks between 2009 and 2010. To learn more about the fight against measles, visit www.themeasles.org.
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