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Our favorite new superhero; your 3-step plan to CEO; and the women we’re talking about

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Move over, Avengers

Make room for a real pooper-hero, Mr. Toilet. While it hasn’t broken box office records yet, the film Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man had its world premiere in Toronto. Mr. Toilet (aka Jack Sim) is on a mission to save lives and bring people safe sanitation by breaking the silence and “turning poop culture to pop culture.”

Three steps to CEO

The global health workforce is 70% women, yet executive roles are largely held by men. Looking for a three-step plan to achieve your CEO status? VillageReach’s president, Emily Bancroft, shares her process for kick-starting your journey.

Women we’re talking about

  • Gabby Stern is writing a new narrative in Geneva as director of communications at the World Health Organization, after three years leading communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Jenn Johnson takes on client services as Forum One’s new managing director for the West Coast.
  • Renata Hasle and Julie Koo jump into global oncology as new senior development managers with The Max Foundation.
  • Sierra Petrosky picks up the purse strings as a new finance and operations associate at VillageReach.
  • Christina Bradic takes on violence against women and girls as a new senior policy research fellow with Every Woman Treaty.

See more in Timor-Leste

In 2012, a room full of millennials at WGHA’s Party with a Purpose raised money to help launch a pilot project to promote healthy pregnancies in Timor-Leste. Today, that pilot project has achieved nationwide scale-up through Timor-Leste’s national health system, reaching more than 47,000 women.

Health Alliance International and Catalpa’s Liga Inan project connects Timorese mothers to perinatal health services by providing SMS-based health information, reminders, and support through pregnancy and up to six months after birth.

Most likely to succeed

These global health heroes are recognized for their outstanding career accomplishments:

  • Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, one of the world’s most influential medical journals, will be awarded the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Roux Prize on June 10 at a celebration in London.
  • Ron Howell, early architect and longtime CEO of the Washington Research Foundation, was inducted into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame.
  • Steve Reed, founder and distinguished investigator at the Infectious Disease Research Institute, was also inducted into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame.


Your solutions. Our money.

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) is looking for ten creative postdocs to answer important questions like how do we make better vaccines? And how does brain wiring relate to medical treatment?

WRF postdoctoral fellows are funded for three years to lead groundbreaking research at Washington-based institutions. Do you have a bold proposal that addresses a major public need? Apply today (or by June 16) to join the third cohort of WRF postdoctoral fellows.

You bring the talent; we’ll foot the bill.

Visualize zero

The number zero has never felt so big as global organizations double down to eliminate malaria:

  • The #VisualizeNoMalaria initiative with hometown players PATH and Tableau is expanding in up to six countries to reach around 60 million people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world’s first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project.
  • And locally, The Seattle Times is making the case for US investments.

Around town

  • May 8: GiveBIG to your favorite global health organizations and discover new nonprofits in this 24-hour display of community and generosity.
  • May 10: Did you miss national Thank Your Mentor Day? It’s not too late to go all out and nominate them for a 2019 Pioneers of Global Health award as Rising Leader, Award for Impact, or Outstanding Global Health Collaboration.
  • May 14: Join Felix Lankester from Washington State University’s Rabies Free Africa Program to learn about rabies in the Serengeti at the Pacific Science Center’s Science in the City event.
  • May 22: Join Global Washington and yours truly to learn about skilled birth attendants and safer births in a panel discussion featuring speakers from Health Alliance International, PRONTO International, and the Worldwide Fistula Fund.

“It’s all those instances where I stepped out of my comfort zone that shaped me and brought me to where I am now.”

Heidi Nakamura, director of Global Health, Adara Development, sharing her path to global health at WGHA’s first STEM Global Educator Workshop with nearly 50 teachers who are inspiring the next generation of global health dreamers and doers

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