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Music to our ears

Bloodworks Northwest made its debut to the music scene at the Day In Day Out music festival to kick off the Music’s In Our Blood campaign—a partnership with KEXP, Sub Pop Records, Starbucks, and members of the local music community. With a goal of 10k new donors by the end of the year, Bloodworks Northwest will be popping up at music festivals and concerts with fun booths like this one where music lovers can spray paint their own shirts. Donate by Halloween for your chance to win a trip to see an epic concert, and check out this playlist for the next time you’re giving blood.


Got kids?

Back-to-school time is a big adjustment—especially now after the uncertainty, virtual learning, and changing guidelines due to COVID-19. WGHA members share advice for the new school year and beyond.

  • RTI International released a study that shows developing kids’ motor skills also improves executive function and numeracy skills. Caregivers and teachers can help by creating fun activities to sharpen those motor skills.
  • Seattle Children’s has strategies for a back-to-school bedtime routine and emphasizes the importance of getting enough sleep—that goes for parents and caregivers, too.
  • Swedish Pediatrics has tips to prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits that you can use when packing school lunches.

Speaking of youth…

Youth in Uganda have a new development to look forward to—the Adara Youth Community Centre. It will host a variety of services from counseling to sexual and reproductive health education to life skills training. Adara also continues to support partner health facilities in the country to keep women, babies, and children safe during the pandemic.


Kid vibes 

Being sick in a hospital can be scary, especially for kids. But, with Adara’s support, there’s a new 10-bed children’s ward in Ghyangfedi, Nepal. It was specifically designed for kids, with bright colors, cartoons, and even a play area. Hopefully, the new kid-friendly space will bring more smiles while they get the care they need.


Building hope

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Uganda, many hospitals are overwhelmed. To help, Pilgrim Africa is constructing a COVID Triage Center at its Beacon of Hope College. The new center will offer rapid relief to Soroti Regional Hospital and for patients who would not otherwise be seen. Follow along on the construction journey through Pilgrim Africa’s social media channels.


Help for Haiti

Since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on August 14, WGHA members have been stepping up to support local partners in the country.


Healthy hikers

Late summer and early fall are popular times to hike and enjoy nature in remote areas. For those with type 1 diabetes (T1D), it can seem like too big of a risk. Andrea Williams didn’t let her T1D stop her from hitting the trails. She spoke to Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason for a recent blog post, sharing her experiences, offering tips, and emphasizing the importance of prep work—from packing the right snacks to bringing extra glucose—to encourage other nature enthusiasts with T1D. Happy adventuring!


People on the move


Zoomin’ around town

Anytime

  • Listen to this NPR All Things Considered podcast featuring Alinafe Kasiya, VillageReach‘s country director for Malawi, to hear his experience with COVID-19 and the global vaccine supply shortage.

“We all live in a global society…regardless of where you live, what type of socioeconomic status you are in. And understanding that if you are in a position of power, this is a time to reflect, it is a time to figure out how you ensure that you are using equitable lenses in your decision-making process.”

Dr. Ahmed Ali, Somali Health Board, speaking at the WGHA Fireside Chat on Equitable Access to Health


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