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Get on board the Global Health Love Train

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Get on board

If you were at Pioneers, you know that WGHA partnered with Mighty Media Studios to create a lip sync video. You read that right, a #GlobalHealthLipSync.

If you weren’t on board for Pioneers, the good news is that you can get on board the Global Health Love Train now.

Special thanks to everyone who joined us for an inspiring evening celebrating our Pioneers awardees. Check out pictures here.

Made the world a better place

Seattle lost a beloved and brilliant champion this week. With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Paul Allen. He left an expansive and varied legacy, from technology and sports to brain research, global health, art and aerospace. We are especially grateful for Paul’s ambitious support of the response to Ebola, global animal health, scientific research and for his vision of South Lake Union to create a neighborhood that is home to many global health organizations.

“You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place.” —Paul Allen 1953 – 2018

Emphasis on vision

Women farmers in rural Kenya have doubled their profits, thanks to a World Vision partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture. World Vision donated a solar dryer to help displaced farmers dry their pineapple crop, increasing shelf life and cutting out middlemen.

Meanwhile, Sesame Street and World Vision expanded their Wash Up! partnership to teach refugee kids about handwashing and hygiene. Together, six-year old Muppet Raya and her friend Elmo are helping prevent pneumonia and diarrhea – leading causes of death for kids under five.

Let’s talk 2040

A new forecasting study predicts best and worst case scenarios for life expectancy and major causes of death in the year 2040. The big difference between those best and worst case scenarios are the lives cut short by high blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar, tobacco, alcohol, and air pollution. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is sending us a not-so-subtle message to pay more attention to these key health drivers globally.


Inventing for humanitarian impact

Vaccines save millions of lives, but many of them only work when they’re kept cold. Who saves vaccines so that they can save people?

Global Good invented the world’s only vaccine container capable of preserving Ebola vaccines between -60 to -80 degrees Celsius, right up until vaccination. That’s -112 degrees Fahrenheit, without power. When your work takes you to some of the most remote places in the world, off-grid is the only way to go. Go with Global Good.

Serious, but not yet terminal

Dr. Kristie Ebi is a worried optimist. The University of Washington Department of Global Health professor specializes in understanding how climate change is playing out in low- and middle-income countries and is one of 91 lead authors on the new United Nations climate change report. Spoiler alert: it’s not great.

Grow your own proteins

Seattle will be home to one of only two test sites for a new HIV vaccine candidate. Julie McElrath of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will oversee the first-of-its-kind clinical trial with a vaccine candidate that prompts a person’s immune system to develop proteins to fight against AIDS. We need new ways to treat HIV and there’s hope that this trial (funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) could bring us much closer.

Around town

  • October 29: See a star-studded global health panel at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce featuring John Aitchison (Center for Global Disease Research at Seattle Children’s), Toni Hoover (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Brian Neville (PATH), and Niki Robinson (Fred Hutch), moderated by Dena Morris (WGHA).
  • October 30: Livestream the first Devex Bay Area event – Prescription for Progress: The essential role of partnerships in strengthening health systems – featuring Emily Bancroft (VillageReach), Gabrielle Fitzgerald (Panorama), and Pablos Holman (Global Good).
  • November 8: Start-ups and entrepreneurs can book a 1:1 session with WGHA Board Member David McCune, M.D. at Cambia Grove to learn about grants and collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense’s  health care system.

“Please don’t miss this train at the station
‘Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you.”

—The O’Jays, Love Train, 1972
Don’t miss the #GlobalHealthLipSync or we’ll feel sorry, sorry for you!

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