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Wedding bells, World Vision’s new CEO, and acronym soup

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Goin’ to the chapel

It wasn’t easy, but WGHA assembled this edition of Field Notes without the wit and wisdom of our editor, Tiffany Cain, who is away for her wedding and honeymoon. Other global health chapel visits Field Notes is aware of: Aimee Khuu of Providence St. Joseph HealthSkye Gilbert of PATH, and Chelsie Frankof World Vision.  

Know someone else getting hitched this year? Email Tiffany Cain.

Royal blood

Speaking of weddings, we’re sure you didn’t miss the royal event across the pond. Meghan Markle—pardon, the Duchess of Sussex—is shedding light on the importance of menstrual hygiene. After a trip to India with World Vision, Markle has added her voice to thousands of others, advocating for the connection between menstrual hygiene and its effects on income inequality, education, and sense of dignity.

Coming and going

Carolyn Anderman, longtime director of international programs at One By One, is stepping down. One By One and Worldwide Fistula Fund have reorganized into one organization, pooling their talent and resources to address obstetric fistula in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, and Uganda.

Edgar Sandoval will exchange the first O in his title of COO for an E, as he assumes the position of CEO for World Vision this October. Born in Los Angeles, Edgar grew up in Central and South America. At 18, he returned to the United States with $50 in his pocket. Now he’s about to lead what is ranked by Forbes as the 15th-largest US-based charity.

Run, Forrest, run

VillageReach proves that it is the Forrest Gump of global health, running all the way through the last mile. They recently received some help from USAID, who just announced an investment of $14.7 million in VillageReach’s work to strengthen last-mile supply chains in Mozambique and develop a streamlined distribution system at the local level.

11th time’s a charm

With the 71st World Health Assembly behind us, Global Health Council’s Loyce Pace sums up what keeps her coming back each year since 2008 – despite the bureaucracy, the chaos, and the overall challenges of an international, multi-issue meeting.

Copy and paste

A team of researchers at Fred Hutch is using a novel gene-editing approach to find solutions for problems like sickle cell disease, which affects 300,000 children born worldwide and is a leading cause of child deaths in African nations. It’s not as simple as “Ctrl + C” and “Ctrl + V” edits, but it’s bringing new hope for inborn diseases.


ISO ten creative scientists

Kameron Harris is using applied mathematics to advance our understanding of brain wiring. Mary Regier is using biomedical engineering to understand cell-fate patterning to improve health care. Kameron and Mary are supported by a three-year Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship. And WRF is accepting applications for its next cohort of ten postdocs to work on ambitious projects that break new ground. Fellows will be funded for three years at eligible research institutions in Washington State.

Don’t miss out on this one. Apply today.


Let’s break down some acronyms here. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report showcasing some major returns on investment (ROIs) in its efforts to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and lower-middle-income countries. For every $1 invested, we’ll see a return of at least $7 in increased employment, increased productivity, and longer life.

The family business

Some families have auto shops or restaurants that are passed down from generation to generation. For Carrie Hessler-Radelet, her family has four generations of Peace Corps volunteers. Carrie’s a former Peace Corps volunteer, a former Peace Corps director, founder of the Special Olympics in The Gambia, and the current president and CEO of Project Concern International.

Want to hear more from this global health rock star? Mark your calendar and join us June 26 for a Field Notes Live conversation with Carrie about her career path. Grab your ticket today.

Do not accept the status quo. We should not accept the status quo. We should not believe that some problems can never be resolved. Choose to believe instead that it is within our power to make real, lasting change.

–  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in closing remarks for the 71st World Health Assembly

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