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Planes, mules, and automobiles

Given disruptions in the supply chain, Adara is going to great lengths to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers in Nepal. Their Nepal team and the local government teamed up to procure a large shipment of PPE, drove it 14 hours across the country, and then loaded it onto another plane to fly to Simikot in Humla. Now, the PPE has been delivered by mules to remote medical facilities. These mules are stubborn about keeping health workers safe.

Jazz hands for the drill team

The Malawi water drilling team is a special group with a life-changing job. This World Vision team has worked and traveled together for 10 years, bringing critical water to hundreds of remote communities in Malawi.

Women and children in developing countries spend an estimated 200 mil­lion collective hours carrying water to their homes every year. Three cheers for the drill team that’s bringing easy access to clean water for cooking, sanitation, and farming.

Cancer in the time of COVID

COVID-19 is making it harder for cancer patients to access treatment, but people are coming together to help out.

P.S. Join yours truly and GlobalWA on May 28 to learn more about global oncology in the time of COVID-19.

Let science be your guide

Our health and safety depend on leaders making smart decisions for reopening economies. Washington Governor Jay Inslee chose two WGHA members to serve on his public health Safe Start advisory group. Ben Danielson of Seattle Children’s Hospital and David Fleming of PATH are two of the nine experts representing public health in Washington’s phased reopen plan. #WeGotThisWA

Stars & leaders

Dedicated people and organizations are stepping up every day to make a difference in global health. Now is your chance to nominate a rising star, impactful leader, or outstanding organization for the Pioneers of Global Health awards. Nominate your health hero by Friday, May 22.

Lend a hand

Looking for more ways to give back in response to COVID-19? Check out these leads.

PPE for Chapines

Medical Teams International had a special guest on the scene in Guatemala to accept a 40-foot container of much-needed medical supplies—the new President of Guatemala, Dr. Alejandro Giammattei.

The medical supplies will support health workers and patients in a temporary 3,000-bed hospital in the Guatemala City region, which holds many of the country’s COVID-19 cases.

Can’t stop, won’t stop

For the Worldwide Fistula Fund, care doesn’t stop just because surgeries are on hold. During the pandemic, their grantees are using phone consultations to refer pregnant women to partner hospitals, counsel domestic violence victims, follow up with discharged fistula patients, and support solidarity groups on business management topics.

Around town

“As COVID-19 reshapes our health systems in the coming months, there is an unparalleled opportunity to build gender equity into a system that has long absolved itself of it.”

—Roopa Dhatt, executive director and co-founder of Women in Global Health,
in her article Global Health Security Depends on Women


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