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Musicians for medicine
India has been one of the hardest-hit countries throughout the pandemic. In Rajasthan, a place with high tourism and low vaccination rates, a new approach was needed to keep people safe. UNICEF teamed up with local Manganiyar folk artists to communicate messages about COVID-19 and vaccinations through traditional music in local dialects. Over 888,850 people have been reached and vaccination rates in the area jumped from 50% to 90%. Listen for yourself in this video.
One and only
Studying parasites isn’t for everyone. The American College of Veterinary Microbiologists has board certified fewer than 50 US vets in parasitology, and only one is in Washington—Dr. Laura Williams. She works in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Washington State University, where she provides identification, treatment, and control of parasites in agricultural animals.
Animals and agriculture
Speaking of animals, students at Yalbang School in Nepal are getting outside for classes as part of Adara’s Agricultural and Farming Education Programme. Many remote communities in the country face food insecurity, and these students are learning agriculture, animal husbandry, and horticulture skills that they can take home to their villages. Their skills are growing!
Calling all communicators
You’re invited to WGHA’s Communicators Roundtable on May 19! Our guest speakers from Forum One will discuss personalizing websites and improving audience engagement for mission-driven organizations. You won’t want to miss this.
Caring for children
As the situation worsens in Afghanistan, World Vision is serving children and families in over 2,000 villages. It has a goal of serving 1 million Afghans with food and nutrition assistance, health care, child protection, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. World Vision teams have also trained more than 300 midwives to care for women and children. The organization has been in Afghanistan for over 20 years and has no plans of leaving.
How do we prevent the next pandemic? According to Bill Gates, we need to focus on health equity. In the US, most of us have had the chance to receive three or four COVID-19 vaccine shots by now. According to the United Nations, an estimated 2.8 billion people, mostly in lower-income regions, have yet to access a single dose. Equity is critical. Learn more ideas on pandemic prevention and health equity in his recent TED Talk.
Zoomin’ around town
- May 14: Come to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center Teen Action Fair to engage in fun activities, participate in Q & A sessions with changemakers, and experience performances from today’s youth leaders. Topics will focus on youth mental health, racial equality, and climate change.
- May 19: Register for Worldwide Fistula Fund’s 7th annual Evening to Restore Dignity to hear special messages from grantees highlighting their recent accomplishments and to bid on raffle and auction items such as handcrafted goods made by survivor entrepreneurs.
- May 19: Enjoy beer, dinner, trivia, and an auction at one of three locations for the Bloodworks Northwest Raise Your Pints annual event.
- June 2: Join us for the Women in Global Health Seattle Q2 Gathering featuring a fireside chat with Ruchika Tulshyan. She will be discussing her new book Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work with WGH Seattle Advisor Bindiya Patel.
- Learn the conceptual framework, key metrics, and analytical strategies of the Global Burden of Disease study through a self-paced course brought to you by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
- Read Global Health Council’s impact report, The Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Those Most Left Behind, which highlights the challenges, triumphs, and shortcomings of the COVID-19 pandemic response and shares suggestions for a more equitable path forward.
“While there have been achievements, we must continue to invest in maternal and child health, so that we don’t lose all that we put in place over the years. It is really time to reclaim the gains.”
–Emma Babène, State Certified Nurse, Head of the Dembo Coly Health Post
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