On Making PCOS a Public Health Priority - Women's Health Series with Sasha Ottey

On Making PCOS a Public Health Priority - Women's Health Series with Sasha Ottey

Advocacy and Patient-led Innovation in Women's Health

In this first episode of Narratives of Purpose's special series on Advancing Women's Health, host Claire Murigande speaks with Sasha Ottey, the Executive Director of the PCOS Challenge.

Sasha shares her personal journey of being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and how her experiences led her to establish a leading non-profit organisation that supports and advocates for those affected by PCOS globally.

Sasha emphasises the importance of patient involvement in creating medical solutions and innovations, as well as the need for increased funding towards research.


Show Notes

References for content mentioned in this episode:

  • Gender bias in medicine article
  • Gender funding gap data by UBS


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This short series on Advancing Women's Health with Female Founders is supported by TechFace, Lean In Switzerland, and Ladies Drive.



00:00 Episode Introduction

00:40 The Importance of Women's Health Advocacy

01:30 Introducing the Host and the Podcast

02:37 Sasha's Personal Journey with PCOS

05:17 The Global Reach of PCOS Challenge

07:51 The Importance of Patient-Led Research

12:52 The Future of Women-Led Innovation

16:51 The State of Women's Health within the Healthcare System

18:04 Closing Remarks and Further Resources