How one lucky iron fish can treat anemia | Dr. Christopher Charles | TEDxDubaiSalon

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Christopher Charles has spent 5 years in Cambodia documenting the anemia epidemic that affects the country in search for a low cost solution that could scale. Not only he found it, but he has turned it into a social enterprise that could help millions low income families around the world receive the same treatment.

Dr. Charles is a public health and nutrition consultant who has worked extensively throughout the developing world. In 2011 he completed a PhD in Biomedical Science and Epidemiology at the University of Guelph, Canada, with an Emphasis on international health and nutrition.

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  1. Such a simple solution ! 

  2. Emma says:

    Wow this amazing !!

  3. udom rous says:

    That so great Idea …I am Great Full for your help to Cambodia
    In the name as one Cambodia ….I would like to say thank you from
    heart to you for this project in Cambodia …

  4. Murr James says:

    I need a lucky iron fish, are they for sale anywhere?

  5. Adane Tefera says:

    What a great idea – simple, innovative and effective. But Dr. Charles did not convince me that the fishes are free of metal contaminants, like lead which are dangerous.

  6. its great Dr C.Charles!!!!
    Result of persistent efforts out of public concern
    Keep it up.
    it need to be followed in all the developing countries.

  7. Vikas Dhiman says:


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  9. This is brilliant work.

  10. ly kongheng says:

    Thank you so much for helping our Country <3

  11. SE Song says:

    The word on that iron fish mean "GOOD".

  12. In bed under a net from 7pm-7am gave time to think ….. "boredom" leads to thinking and then leads to genius!

  13. Here in the west we are over stimulated 24/7!!

  14. By external stimuli so we don't get the alone time, time think, be reflective so we can be thankful for our blessings of a heart that pumps gallons of blood per day around our body with out us thinking about it, our lungs breathing in and out without us having to remember to breath and then that leads us to believe in a creator, God that created everything, designed us and our amazing organs

  15. Yeslets says:

    Smart solution. Love it.

  16. Okay, is it me, or is this a guy after a government contract?

    One thing I would like to point out is that anemia is NOT always caused by iron deficiency. I would like to know what research was conducted to determine the cause for anemia in every one of these people. To simply assume all of these people suffer from iron deficiency is irresponsible. What about the people your "lucky fish" doesn't help? What is being done to determine the cause of their anemia. Also…when examining the cost of pig iron, I found that 10 pounds of pig iron costs two (2) CENTS. Therefore, the cost of each fish seems somewhat exorbitant to me.

  17. Where can i buy an iron fish can anyone help me thankyou Debs

  18. Laurie Goetz says:

    I think there needs to be an initiative to also discourage the use of aluminum pots for cooking.

  19. Azara Moon says:

    Many thanks for this, Ive bought one as I have anaemia for some time, and made a soup with it tonight for the first time. What a novel idea and a life saver!

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