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Ophelia Dahl

World Health Care Advocate

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Ophelia Dahl shares her unique upbringing as the child of writer Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal and her experiences as an advocate after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Ophelia Dahl is an American health care advocate who has fought for the rights of the poor and sick for over twenty years. The daughter of two accomplished parents, author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal, Dahl was raised in a unique environment of creativity and exploration. As a teenager, she travelled to Haiti to volunteer at Eye Care Haiti, where she met her business partner Paul Farmer. As Executive Director of Partners in Health, a non-profit organization that advocates for health care in developing nations, Dahl has led projects in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban United States, Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi. In 2011, both Dahl and Farmer were named as two of three Bostonians of the Year by Boston Globe, in recognition of their efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

More From Ophelia

Help For Victims
Dahl shares the story of a young American medical student who organized transport for those injured in the Haitian earthquake.

Haiti Earthquake
Dahl shares her experience as an advocate during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and how people banned together to help.

I Am Resilient
Dahl offers her thoughts on resilience and where it originates.

Challenges For Women
Dahl offers her thoughts on whether women can have it all.

Everybody Matters
Dahl shares a Haitian proverb that has influenced her.

Building Hospitals in Haiti
Dahl shares her pride after visiting a newly reconstructed hospital in rural Haiti.

Motherhood
Dahl reveals the challenges she faced in getting pregnant before having her first child at 43.

My Strength
Dahl reveals how she draws the strength to do what she does.

Championing Mom's Recovery
Dahl reveals how her father stepped in to champion her mother's recovery from a stroke that left her unable to talk.

The Strength of Patricia Neal
Dahl reveals the complicated life of her mother, actress Patricia Neal, and how she admired her mother's ability to overcome adversity.

Archaeology
Dahl talks about her interest in exploration and archaeology as a child.

Bedtime Stories With Roald Dahl
Dahl shares how her father Charlie & The Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl tackled bedtime stories with his children.