Field Notes, Update

Taking on injustice, sending precious cargo, and getting personal

The info hub for the hub of global health

Black voices matter

Global Health Council (GHC) is taking on racial injustice and giving you the chance to learn from Black leaders in global health. Led by president & executive director Loyce Pace, GHC is hosting and posting a series of conversations on racial equity, called Black Voices in Global Health, that take you through guests’ personal and professional experiences. Check out the three current episodes, and subscribe for more to come.

You can also join the conversation at GHC’s upcoming summit—Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health.

Getting personal

In Kazakhstan, Partners In Health clinicians are going above and beyond to continue a groundbreaking tuberculosis trial amid pandemic obstacles. It’s critical that patients are monitored and evaluated through the trial, so clinicians are getting creative with video telehealth and home visits, and even performing exams at lockdown checkpoints.

They’ve also been known to load tools and machines into their personal vehicles and conduct electrocardiogram and audiometry exams in their back seats. Cue Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Precious cargo

A global shortage of PPE is affecting health workers around the world. In response, a newly formed coalition, COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa, launched a $100 million PPE initiative to support community health workers (CHWs) in 24 African countries. The PPE will fill the equivalent of nine 747 cargo jets and protect up to 1 million CHWs.

The coalition consists of over 30 partners including the Pandemic Action Network and WGHA members VillageReach and Partners In Health. Masks up.

In the market for some info

In Mozambique’s most crowded markets, residents are getting food to eat and food for thought. Health Alliance International is partnering with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health to share important COVID-19 prevention information in 16 markets and 8 transportation centers. With support from Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives initiative, this media-based, community-driven campaign is focused on lowering the risk of COVID-19 in crowded spaces and improving access to free, public telehealth services.

Power panel

Women in Global Health Seattle announced four new advisors to help guide the movement. Meet the latest additions:

  • Claire Gwayi-Chore, PhD student in global health implementation science, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Karin Huster, emergency coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières; public health advisor, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs
  • Zahra Lutfeali, director of program operations, Center of Digital and Data Excellence, PATH
  • Linda Oseso, project manager, social and behavioral research & program manager, Research and Mentorship Program, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Fred Hutch

Join WGH Seattle on Sept. 15 to meet the new advisors and hear from Dr. Holly Slay Ferraro on co-creating workplace culture to build more diverse and inclusive teams.

Center of attention

Nairobi, Kenya, is getting a shiny new research center. Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is launching the Center for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases to address infectious disease outbreaks in eastern and central Africa.

The area has been a hotspot for outbreaks such as Ebola, Marburg hemorrhagic fever, and Rift Valley fever. But with the new center, the hope is that they’ll be in the spotlight instead for controlling local outbreaks and finding interventions faster.

Beirut blast

You’ve seen the videos of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly 200 people died, hundreds of thousands lost their homes, and COVID-19 cases have increased 220%. What you may not have seen is the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on the ground.

Working with local partners, the IRC is making sure the most vulnerable residents and refugees are getting cash assistance for supplies, psychosocial support for children, and a women’s protection rapid response team.

People on the move

  • Autumn Lerner is the new director of communications at Panorama.
  • Carla Costa Sandine was promoted to chief of external affairs at PATH.
  • Nanthalile Mugala is now the chief of the Africa region at PATH.
  • Nolan Jekich is the new social media marketing intern at Cambia Grove.
  • Philippe Guinot will be chief of business and financial operations at PATH.
  • Rashad Massoud was named the new senior vice president and chief program officer at Americares.

Around town

  • Sept. 16: Join the Final Mile virtual event to learn about supply chain issues caused by COVID-19 with the Gates Foundation, Global WALynden International, and University of Washington.
  • Sept. 18: Hear the latest on COVID-19 from the Gates Foundation and Panorama at the World Affairs Council virtual event.
  • Sept. 24: Register for the #ThanksResearch annual gala to benefit Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.
  • Sept. 25–26: Participate in An Evening to Restore Dignity to support the Worldwide Fistula Fund.
  • Oct. 28: Join us for the virtual Pioneers of Global Health Awards & Fundraiser! Choose from three ticket options and celebrate our awardees making a difference in global health.

“When you are deciding on next steps, next jobs, next careers, further education, you should rather find purpose than a job or a career. Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.”

Chadwick Boseman, in his Howard University commencement speech

Do you have a tip for Field Notes? Send it to Jayanna Thompson, jayanna.thompson@wghalliance.org

Copyright © 2019 Washington Global Health Alliance, All rights reserved.

Stay in the loop on the latest global health news, trends, and community events.

Become a Field Notes subscriber today!

* required