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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.
- The Max Foundation shares stories of pharmacists, police officers, and even other patients delivering cancer medications to patients in need.
- The national Cancer Information Service hotline, run by Fred Hutch, is helping cancer patients learn how to navigate their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery during the pandemic. Call 1.800.4.CANCER to talk with a real person.
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.
- The International Rescue Committee has six ways to help refugees in your community—from sewing masks, to tutoring, to calling Congress.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the launch of PowerOf, a new online platform that connects volunteers and donors with organizations responding to COVID-19.
- OutRight Action International highlights additional challenges the LGBTIQ community faces during the pandemic and recommends ways to make the response more inclusive. The organization has set up a COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund for those struggling with economic and health impacts.
PPE for Chapines
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.
- May 16: Lace up your running shoes, and register for World Vision’s Global 6K for Water.
- May 20: Discover the perceived risk and threat of COVID-19 in part three of RTI International’s webinar series.
- May 20: Join Partners In Health to learn how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- May 20: Get tips on planning an engaging virtual event with Forum One.
- May 21: Hear global health perspectives on paying for health to deliver better health outcomes with Cambia Grove, moderated by former WGHA president Dena Morris.
- May 21: Register for the fight to #endmalaria with the UN Foundation and Rotarian Malaria Partners.
- May 26: Discuss supply chain challenges and adaptations during COVID-19 at this WGHA member roundtable.
- May 27: Learn about the future of globalization, hosted by the World Affairs Council.
“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.”
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