JCI News Doctor Quique Bassat of Catalonia 
selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For his extraordinary work in pediatrics and medical research in developing countries, Dr. Quique Bassat of Barcelona, Spain was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of medical innovation. 

 

Growing up in Spain, Dr. Quique Bassat dreamed about a future in the medical field, and decided at age 14 to become a doctor and use his medical abilities to treat children in Africa. He pursued his degree in medicine, with an emphasis in pediatrics and made trips to volunteer at hospitals and health centers in Tanzania and Mozambique. 

 

During his initial trips to Africa, Dr. Bassat provided general healthcare and health education while also heavily involved in large-scale malaria vaccination trials for children. He then finished a master’s degree in tropical medicine and international health, which led him to a full-time position at a health center in Mozambique as a pediatrician and clinical researcher. After four years in Africa, he moved back to Barcelona, Spain to advance his studies and continue his career. 

 

His focus now lies with malaria and other infectious diseases that commonly affect children. A piece of Dr. Bassat’s dream and heart still resides with his patients in Mozambique, where he makes frequent trips to carry on his service. Dr. Bassat’s work has expanded to other countries, including Papua New Guinea, Morocco, Brazil and India. He believes in spreading his knowledge by mentoring undergraduates and graduates throughout the countries where he works and researches. Dr. Bassat values research as a powerful tool that can reduce inequalities in healthcare worldwide. While helping those overseas, he is also very involved with local health organizations, fundraising and volunteer work in Spain. He believes that it is every human’s duty to use his or her talents for the greater good, making the world a better place to live for generations to come. 

 

JCI TOYP

JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.

 

These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

 

Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.

 

Contact:

Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)

programs@jci.cc

 

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