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Vanessa holds a degree in Social Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation for Development from Comillas Pontifical University, after which she co-founded Salud por Derecho in 2004, a non-profit foundation that defends human rights so that all people, wherever they live, can exercise their right to health. Salud por Derecho creates campaigns, formulates proposals and advocates the defense of the right to health from the perspective of social justice and human rights, with a special focus on fair and equitable access to medicines, universal healthcare and the fight against AIDS and other pandemics.
Vanessa has participated in high-level meetings of the Special Session of the General Assembly on HIV/AIDS as a representative of civil society and on the Boards of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She is also a board member of Salud y Fármacos NGO.