Field Notes, Update

Wildfires, sleep disorders, and flu vaccines

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“I am convinced there are good reasons for optimism about the future, as long as more and more of us come to understand the not-so-simple fact that we are all in this together, and together we can shape our world to match our hopes.”

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Gates Sr. Among his many accomplishments, he created a culture of catalytic giving and set the example for leadership and impact in Washington’s global health community. WGHA, and many others, would not be what we are today if it weren’t for him. May we follow in his footsteps by treating all people with respect, making sure all voices are heard, and remembering that we’re all in this together. We send our gratitude and condolences to the Gates family.

Fighting fires

Between the wildfires and the blanket of hazardous smoke, it’s been hard to catch your breath here on the west coast. WGHA members stepped up to help.

The young and the restless

An international panel of sleep experts led by Seattle Children’s pediatric sleep specialist Dr. Lourdes DelRosso has identified a new pediatric sleep disorder—restless sleep disorder (RSD). The experts found that RSD can lead to attention impairment, mood issues, and behavioral problems in kids between 6 and 18 years old. Luckily, RSD can usually be treated easily with iron supplements.

Sleeves up—flu rates down

Public Health–Seattle & King County says it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your flu vaccine. The vaccine reduces flu cases by about half and lessens the symptoms for those who still get it.

But this year it’s even more important because the flu will probably arrive while COVID-19 is still lingering. The two can have very similar symptoms, making it harder to diagnose without testing and potentially taking up valuable medical staff time, rooms, and resources needed for patients with COVID-19. Let’s all do our part to #FightTheFlu.

Move over, HelloFresh

Adara’s Nepal team delivered food and cooking supplies to 195 households in Ghyangfedi in one day. Monsoon rains caused landslides, forcing families into temporary shelters. Adara’s team distributed enough food to last the families for two months. They even enlisted local schoolkids to distribute facemasks to help people stay healthy.

The state of the prostate

As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, these WGHA members are keeping the conversation going.

Let’s get digital

InfoPalante—a digital initiative to share reliable resources for Venezuelan refugees and displaced populations in Colombia—is now up and running. The International Rescue Committee and its tech partners launched the platform to provide users with trustworthy information on COVID-19, civil and legal rights, jobs, and access to health care. If only all news was that reliable.

Name a cocktail, win a cocktail

We’re crowdsourcing the name of our Pioneers of Global Health Awards and Fundraiser cocktail! This year’s Pioneers theme is 2020: The Journey without a Road Map. We’re headed toward a new destination and reinventing the road map along the way—cocktail in hand. The signature cocktail is a beautifully bottled concoction of whiskey, passionfruit and lemon topped with a finishing marionberry cider. All it needs is a name.

Submit as many names as you’d like before October 8 for a chance to win a ticket to the event and a free Pioneers Aficionado cocktail kit. Cheers!

Around town

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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