Dr. Yogesh Shah
Dr. Yogesh Shah
Peace and Health Lead
Aegis Champions of Humanity
Dr. Shah is a Mayo Clinic Fellowship trained, board certified geriatrician and director of Palliative Care at Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) in Des Moines, Iowa. He is triple-board-certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Shah holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Des Moines University. In March 2013, Dr. Shah was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to develop a palliative care curriculum in Rwanda, Africa.
Dr. Shah has received numerous awards for his work related to aging and dementia. Recently he was awarded Iowa Juneteenth’s Health Practitioner Award and Preceptor of the Year Award by the Broadlawns Medical Center’s Residents. He has received the Passport to Prosperity Award, which honors individuals who immigrated to the state of Iowa and have contributed significantly to the community.
The Aegis Trust works to prevent future genocides and to promote humanity. We do this primarily through research, education and the dissemination of information and advice.
Aegis understands genocidal violence as an extreme outcome of a pathway of inhumanity, which can be countered at early stages, similar to disease prevention. Aegis recognizes that nutrition and food security are critical in this process, along with livelihoods, education and health.
Aegis has a global mission, with headquarters in the UK. Aegis has developed a methodology through its work in the UK and Rwanda that transforms hearts and minds. Referred to as Champion Humanity™, this methodology changes attitudes, leading to the creation of new and strengthening existing efforts towards building peace and social cohesion, key factors for food security.
The story of Aegis began 40 years ago by a single family from the UK. The Smith family established a small retreat house in 1978, which was to become the first Holocaust education centre in the UK, opening in 1995. This led to the formation of Aegis in 1999, and then the creation of the Kigali Genocide Memorial in 2004 and the Aegis Champion Humanity™ initiative.