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And the winners are…

On October 14, we shined a spotlight on global health leaders through our first-ever Global Health Impact Awards. We would like to thank community members who attended the event, our sponsors, and our partners.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and finalists! You’re doing amazing work to advance global health equity. We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 winners:

  • Rising Star: Patricia Pavlinac, PhD, MS, assistant professor, Global WACh, Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Schools of Medicine & Public Health
  • Luminary Leader: Rachel Nugent, PhD, vice president at RTI International and director of the Center for Global Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Organizational Impact: COVID-19 Prevention Network, part of Fred Hutch

If you missed the event, you can still access the recording and support WGHA.


I want my MTV 

MTV, ​along with The Upswing Fund (an initiative of Panorama), will host a mental health youth action forum in coordination with the Biden-Harris Administration. The pandemic has taken a toll on adolescent mental health, especially for youth of color and/or LGBTQ+ youth. The forum aims to amplify youth voices and promote positive mental health. This program is even better than the music video countdown.


Pandemic prevention partners 

Did you know that more than 70% of viral outbreaks in humans originate from animals? Washington State University is partnering with the US Agency for International Development to lead a global research project to better identify and prevent future pandemics. For this five-year, $125 million project, WSU will work within multiple countries to carry out large-scale animal surveillance programs and build local research capacity.


New team for new babies

Twenty-two new community health workers (CHWs) recently completed their training for newborn care in Uganda. They are part of Adara’s Hospital to Home program, following up with moms and babies after being discharged from the neonatal unit. The CHWs support parents in several ways—from promoting breastfeeding to encouraging vaccinations and more.


Historic day 

The World Health Organization recently endorsed the rollout of the first malaria vaccine in Africa. This is the first vaccine ever approved for use against a parasitic disease in humans. After the trials showed encouraging results, researchers are hopeful that it will save the lives of tens of thousands of children across Africa.


Zoomin’ around town


“There is no one size that fits all. We must work country by country, region by region, community by community, to ensure the diversity of needs are addressed to support each reality.”

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, in her remarks at the opening of the Food Systems Pre-Summit


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