Field Notes, Update

Llamas, radio programs, and milestones

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¿Cómo te llamas?

Marley the llama may hold a key to fighting COVID-19. John Aitchison, WGHA board member, and his team at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are studying llama nanobodies to see if they can be used to test and treat COVID-19 in humans. We have no prob-llama with that.

Speaking of animals…

Move over, Dr. Dolittle. Washington State University (WSU) is starting a new doctoral program in Kenya: the Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Program. Students won’t learn to talk to animals, but they will study diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans like coronaviruses, influenza viruses, and Rift Valley fever.

Listen & learn

FM radio is not just for rocking out to your favorite jams—it’s also a platform for distance learning for kids in Nepal. Adara launched a radio program that will run in the morning and evening to reach over 17,000 kids whose schooling is disrupted by COVID-19.

Be the bridge

Thousands of Venezuelans walked across the Simón Bolívar bridge daily to work in Colombia before COVID-19, but now they’re stranded at the closed border. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is literally bridging the gap to health care by setting up stations on the bridge to provide basic medical care and COVID-19 testing.

Family time

Running out of engaging activities for your family? Or maybe that happened a few weeks ago…either way, check out these kid-friendly ideas.

10 million and counting

There’s cause for celebration at The Max Foundation—over 10 million daily doses of cancer treatment have been distributed to patients in more than 70 low- and middle-income countries.

The Max Access Solutions program started the distribution in 2017, now supports more than 30,000 patients, and has no plans of slowing down after hitting this major milestone.

Uno, dos, trace

Partners In Health is launching a two-part initiative to strengthen contact tracing for COVID-19. The U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit will offer technical advisory services as well as a new Learning Collaborative to share their expertise and lessons learned.

The University of Washington School of Public Health also opened a free virtual training course for contact tracing developed by its Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Every Contact Counts provides interactive lessons and takes less time than the average Netflix movie. This is one binge you can feel good about.

People on the move

  • Allison Dvaladze will be the health policy advisor for health system strengthening with the World Health Organization in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Lisa Edwards is serving as the first executive director of Rotarian Malaria Partners.
  • David Shoultz is the new director of grant programs at the Washington Research Foundation.

Around town

“Unless we can really beat this pandemic everywhere,
we’re not going to beat it anywhere.”

Loyce Pace, president of the Global Health Council,
in an interview on The Takeaway podcast


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