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Healing trauma, celebrating science, and breaking barriers

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Save the date

Mark your calendar for our annual Global Health Impact Awards! We’ll gather in person on Wednesday, October 12, at the Burke Museum. Watch for more details coming soon.

Reducing barriers to immunization

For some, getting children vaccinated isn’t as easy as a quick drive to the doctor’s office. VillageReach conducted a study with caregivers in Mozambique to learn the hurdles they face to access routine immunization for their kids, such as long journeys and needing to provide for children staying home. By understanding the perspectives of caregivers and having them lead in identifying and implementing solutions, VillageReach hopes to strengthen access to care and influence health workers to provide positive experiences.

Healing invisible trauma

The trauma of the war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on children’s mental health. Since February 24, UNICEF and partners have reached 491,125 children and caregivers with mental health support as part of their humanitarian response in the region. They’re also providing remote learning, water, and medical supplies.

Sustainable solution

Amplio launched its Talking Book 2. The updated audio device has a rechargeable battery to help reduce cost and waste. In communities where recharging is not an option, people will still be able to use the device with locally available AA or D batteries. FAO Uganda will be the first to deploy the new Talking Book to support women’s land rights in the West Nile region.

Good investment

Earlier this month, the team at the RTI International Center for Global NCDs released a study on the economic benefits of investing in adolescent mental health protection. RTI researchers project that for every $1 invested in the full set of interventions to prevent and treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide among adolescents, $24 in health and economic benefits would be returned to the global economy over the course of 80 years. Check out the full report for more details on the model and findings.

Happy birth day

All mothers deserve safe and healthy birth experiences. International Medical Corps provides midwife training through its three training schools in South Sudan. Since 2012, the schools have successfully raised the number of registered midwives in the country from just 8 to 430. Now, more women have access to childbirth services for a healthy and safe delivery.

Celebrating science

Fred Hutch held a joyous celebration—a Blood and Marrow Transplant Reunion. The event welcomed back nearly 250 survivors of blood and bone marrow transplants at the Hutch and celebrated the science and the medical professionals who had helped them. Former patients came from across the country and around the world to reconnect with those who saved their lives.

We’re taking our annual August recess from Field Notes. We’ll see you in September! Enjoy the summer.

Around town

  • Aug. 13: Walk, run, or ride to raise funds for cancer research through Fred Hutch’s Obliteride.

  • Aug. 17: Join Medical Teams International for the Healthy Women, Healthy World Book Club. The virtual group will discuss The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya.

  • Aug. 18: Network with other life science professionals and celebrate summer on a rooftop deck at the Life Science Washington Annual Summer Social.

  • Sept. 15: Save the date for the next Women in Global Health Seattle quarterly gathering. Details coming soon.


  • Learn how to embed purpose into corporate decision-making in the latest Adara podcast.

  • Hear from Seattle’s Sharelle Klaus, the founder of DRY Soda, on her personal connection to giving blood in the recent Bloodworks Northwest podcast.

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