Field Notes, Update

Kenya’s hammer throw record holder, some fishy research, and the talk on polio

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Dropping the hammer

Linda Oseso with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at Fred Hutch has a unique claim to fame: she holds the women’s hammer throw record in Kenya (and has since 2010). Linda shares insights about her early days in the sport, becoming an international competitor, and her growing passion to develop young athletes and mentor young minds.

Fishy research

Zebrafish start out as small as eyelashes but they have extraordinary hearing organs that cover the full length of their bodies. new study by Washington State University’s Allison Coffin shows that these tiny creatures could unlock our understanding of human hearing loss and new medications to prevent it.

Look who Launched

Forty global health professionals from 16 organizations participated in Launch, WGHA’s community orientation for new hires. The sixth Launch cohort brings diverse backgrounds and experiences from Sukanya Borthakur with Medical Teams International to Paul LaBarre with SightLife to Amy Dempsey and Naomi Komuro with Panorama. WGHA’s (fabulous) new programs manager, Isoken Stewart, also launched!

New to the community but missed out on this event? Stay tuned for our 2020 Launch events. (We’ll announce them first in Field Notes.)

Talking polio

Amplio is on the front lines of Ghana’s first polio outbreak in more than a decade with its Talking Book. Amplio added polio information in two languages to the Talking Book, and UNICEF is using it to bring targeted messages to people in remote, low literate communities. Now that’s something to talk about.


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Say cheese

Sugar can undermine a good smile and good health, especially in low- and middle-income countries. According to a recent study in The Lancet, lack of education and information on dental hygiene is a big factor. Save Their Smiles is filling this gap in Nicaragua by providing basic dental care and teaching children how to take care of their teeth.

Let’s talk about sex

HIV infections in young women and girls in Africa account for 25% of new HIV cases globally, but a University of Washington (UW) study highlights new strategies to combat that. And while there’s no silver bullet, a combination of methods—PrEP, strong support systems, treatment flexibility, and shattering the stigma around women’s sexual behavior—could improve adherence and change the upward trend.


Everybody needs a partner in wine

WGHA found ours in DeLille Cellars, who is donating 50% of its September D2 Heart label sales back to Washington’s global health community. A pioneering Washington State winery, DeLille Cellars has been crafting acclaimed Bordeaux-inspired blends for 27 years. D2, one of its founding wines, supports DeLille’s passion for nonprofits through the D2 Heart label.

Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits gave this iconic red 91 points, and it tastes even better when you’re drinking it for a cause. Whenever you need a partner in wine, DeLille is worth the dime. Make your wine purchase count here.

Around town

Water you up to on October 17? Join the 2019 Pioneers awardees and 200 of your closest friends at the Seattle Aquarium to celebrate Washington’s global health community at the Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner and Auction.

Investing in health care and strengthening health systems is the best way to help Africa.

—Dr. Alain Etoundi speaking at WGHA’s global health leaders’ panel with health leaders from eleven different countries sharing their perspectives on global health preparedness

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