Dr. Patrick Aeberhard

Dr. Patrick Aeberhard currently serves as Vice President of the board of FXB France. Since 2002, he has been Chief of Cardiology at Centre Cardiologique North in Saint Denis.

Dr. Aeberhard is an ardent defender of the concept of health and human rights. He was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross during the war in Biafra in 1968. He was also involved in the creation of Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde.

Dr. Aeberhard has developed numerous humanitarian and public health programs worldwide. First, in times of war and/or famine in Lebanon, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Haiti. In France, he worked with people who were excluded from society and access to care, in particular, from 1985, with people infected with HIV and people who used drugs.

He was President of Médecins du Monde from 1986 to 1990 and subsequently Honorary President. He was an advisor in the Cabinet of Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Health (1992-1993, 1997-1999, 2001-2002), responsible for drugs, exclusion, physical activity and sport and the prevention of doping. In 1993, he received France’s highest honor and became a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur.

Dr. Aeberhard was professor of health and human rights at Paris Xlll Law University. He has served on numerous boards and is the co-founder of the International Harm Reduction Association, now known as Harm Reduction International. His work with various NGOs transformed French policy for people who use drugs.

Dr. Aeberhard continues his humanitarian work and is the author of numerous articles and books, including Toxic with Bernard Kouchner (published in 2018), and Rights and Humanitarian Strategies, published in 2019.