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Post: Rewarding global health contributions

In her 2015 remarks to the World Health Assembly, Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said, “We have good reason to expect great things from public health, with the value it places on equity and the contribution it makes to social stability and cohesion. We have good reason to be ambitious.” We’re fortunate in Washington State—we have … Continued

Supply Chain Reception

Post: Curating space to spur innovation

It’s the year 2020 and we’ve finally done it—we’ve created a malaria vaccine. So will malaria be wiped out? Probably not. We know that creating a vaccine is only part of solving malaria. Make no mistake, it’s a very important part (just ask Bill Gates, who calls vaccines miracles). But a vaccine alone can’t eradicate … Continued

Post: Partnering to solve our next big challenge

Zika is the latest virus to capture the world’s attention. Though Zika has been around since the 1940s, we really don’t know much about it. It may be connected to microcephaly and Guillaine-Barre. There is no medication or drug for treatment. Fear often drives funding. Now there are proposals in Congress to take some of … Continued

Post: New business models for global health sustainability

It’s the hot ticket this time of year. The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland attracts the world’s business executives, government leaders, celebrities, philanthropists, activists and even non-profit leaders. In recent years, there’s been an increasing focus on public-private partnerships. WEF kicked off this week with a major partnership announcement — a $5 million … Continued

Post: A 2015 Global Health Retrospective from WGHA

As a staff we at WGHA look back on 2015 with gratitude. These are a few of our favorite numbers as we reflect on 2015 at the Washington Global Health Alliance…  1 State governor who convened a Global Health and Life Science Advisory Council (yes, it’s in Washington and we’re co-chairing it)   168 Washington organizations … Continued

Post: A healthy, thriving global health ecosystem has to include mentorship

Editor’s note: Tina Vlasaty joined WGHA as deputy director in February 2015. Prior to joining WGHA, Ms. Vlasaty spent 20 years working in community and economic development, working both for community based organizations and local government. Her experience includes organizational development, finance, program and policy development, and collaboration and outreach. Global health technologies are, by … Continued

Post: World Toilet Day Movement (ahem)

In case you’ve avoided social media today, we’re in the midst of World Toilet Day. Yes, toilets have their own day. But seriously, let’s take a moment to pause and recognize that 2.4 billion people do not have adequate water, sanitation and hygiene around the world. SPLASH’s approach to clean drinking water brings market-ready solutions … Continued

CIDR Panel with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Post: Eventful month in global health

Wow. What a month! A stirring address from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia. A few days later, a high-spirited celebration of our global health community’s progress over the past year at WGHA’s Pioneers of Global Health. Let’s start with the Pioneers of Global Health Awards dinner. It isn’t often that we have a chance … Continued

Mark Rosenberg Landscape Study Launch

Post: Washington’s enormous global health impact

168 organizations working in 151 countries on more than 5000 projects. That is Washington state’s contribution to health worldwide. Tens of millions of lives saved. These are just a few highlights from the Washington Global Health Landscape Study released last week by WGHA. This study confirms that global health is one of this state’s greatest … Continued

Post: Launch of Washington’s Global Health Landscape Study

Washington is the most trade-dependent state per capita in the U.S. We’ve built a great reputation for our planes, food and timber, but Washington state’s greatest export may be hiding in plain sight. It could be argued that our greatest export is the research, funding, education and delivery of health innovations for those most in … Continued