Field Notes, Update

38 billion data points, Seattle’s rising sun, and the path to gender equity

Boom or bust?

Are we headed for a baby “boom” or “bust”? The future for 91 countries may mean more grandparents than grandchildren. This finding was part of the 38 billion data points in the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s 2017 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study and marks the first time the GBD has published its own fertility and population data. The GBD tracks health data around the world on 359 diseases and injuries in 195 countries and territories.

Rising sun

While the days are getting shorter, Seattle just got a new rising sun. Japan’s government awarded Dr. Tadataka Yamada the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for strengthening Japan’s global health leadership and partnerships.

Dr. Yamada moved to the United States in 1960, went to medical school, and wrote the actual Textbook of Gastroenterology. As the president of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he helped form the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, and he also helped establish WGHA in 2007. Forget throwing shade—Dr. Yamada is spreading rays.

The PATH to gender equity

Nearly 4,000 people gathered in Kigali for the International Conference on Family Planning, where male contraceptive gel won Pitchfest and youth challenged the status quo. Attendees included PATH’s Martha Brady who is working to redefine the global status quo for sexual health and says technology and innovation are key.

Making the impossible possible

In 1993, Sleepless in Seattle was a blockbuster hit, Intel shipped the first Pentium chips, and Steve Reed founded the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) on Nickerson Street in Seattle. Now IDRI celebrates its 25th year and two vaccines candidates—for leprosy and tuberculosis—that were previously thought impossible. Government, industry, and fellow nonprofit thought leaders joined IDRI this week to celebrate and redefine possible.

Uncle Sam wants you

Federal income tax: check. Census response: check. Your genome: due now.

NIH is leading a historic research program to gather genomic data on 1 million people—their lifestyles, environments, and biology—with an emphasis on including more minority populations. Seattle has a big part to play: the University of Washington will sequence about one-third of the (hopefully) 1 million samples.

Resist this

Antibiotic Awareness Week is spreading to all seven continents. Unfortunately, so is resistance: scientists found antibiotic resistant (AR) genes in Antarctic penguins. Fortunately, Washington State University is researching AR solutions to protect both animal and human health. Good news for us and the penguins.

The Key to Raptim Travel

Global health travelers won big as Key Travel and Raptim Humanitarian Travel joined forces to form the world’s largest humanitarian travel company. The joint powerhouse now works in more than 50 countries with a team that’s 500 strong. The new merger unlocks more potential while keeping the same first-class treatment (even when you don’t have first-class seats).

On the move

Seattle Children’s and PATH both added wonder women to their leadership teams:

  • Sarah Ewart will join Seattle Children’s as senior director of the Office of the CEO and Chief of Staff. Previously, Sarah was the managing director for Fred Hutch’s Global Oncology program.
  • Theresa Tamura joined PATH as the deputy director of philanthropy in PATH’s newly created Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy team.

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