Field Notes, Update

Saving the elusive woolly flying squirrel, eliminating rabies in the Serengeti, and teaming up to take down malaria

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When squirrels fly

Peter Zahler, vice president of conservation initiatives at the Woodland Park Zoo, set out to find the woolly flying squirrel—once thought to be extinct—and changed the landscape of northern Pakistan by launching a conservation effort that’s now reaching 65 communities.

Today, Peter’s focused on saving tree kangaroos in Papua New Guineaarguably the cutest animals we’ve ever seenas well as supporting programs in 20 other countries and the Living Northwest conservation program right here in Washington.

Dogs call the shots

Speaking of animals, when Washington State University (WSU) first started Rabies Free Tanzania, the goal was to protect animals. But WSU soon learned that vaccinating dogs in the Serengeti for rabies nearly eliminated rabies cases in humans, too. Now, WSU is researching more cost-effective ways to deliver vaccines and achieve a rabies-free Africa for dogs and humans alike.

Going, going, gone!

Don’t let the 2019 Pioneers auction items pass you by. Claim your seat at a fancy dinner party for 20 complete with culinary masterpieces from our James Beard Award-winning chef Sabrina Brzusek and hand-picked local wines from DeLille Cellars. Or bid on an exclusive sailing adventure across the Puget Sound in a 35-foot racing sailboat (did we mention the wine and cheese wind down at sunset?). And cap off the night by placing the winning bid on a luxury trip to Portugal, where Delta One and Key Travel will deliver a seven-night, customized vacay for two.

These items won’t last long – get your Pioneers tickets today and let the bidding wars begin!

Things we wish were gone

The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication finds that we can achieve a malaria-free world within a generation with the right tools, strategies, and funding. Some of what’s called for is well under way among WGHA members.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is tracking the burden of malaria by geography; PATH is training malaria community champions to work with farmers in SenegalPilgrim Africa is preventing malaria on the front lines in Uganda; and Malaria No More is partnering to tell the untold stories of Rwandan women leading the fight.


Trade in your information challenge for a solution

The University of Washington’s School of Information (iSchool) wants to send its capstone students to tackle your hardest information challenges.

Last year, an iSchool capstone team developed a platform to connect victims of domestic abuse with shelters that are close to them so they can find help and safety fast.

This type of innovation can come to your organization, too! UW’s bright minds are ready for a challenge, so send in your proposal and check out other award-winning projects.

Once you submit your proposal you can then RSVP to Capstone Networking Night on October 28, 6-8 PM, at the Husky Union Building and talk to students directly.

People on the move

  • Former intern Malia Mackey rejoins Minerva Strategies as a full-time associate.
  • Bryan Slinker is named interim provost and executive vice president at Washington State University.

Around town

  • October 8: 

    • Learn how drones and other unmanned vehicles are delivering medicines and medical equipment in hard-to-reach communities at Lynden International’s Final Mile happy hour featuring VillageReach and Zipline.

    • Join Dr. Vivien Tsu from the University of Washington to get up to speed on the world health goal of eliminating cervical cancer at this month’s Global Health Science in the City event.

  • October 12: Teachers and high school students, join a discussion about the unique challenges and controversies of vaccines at the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research’s Youth Ethics Summit.

  • October 22: Dress up and support cancer research at The Max Foundation’s Maximize Life Gala.

  • October 23: At Cambia Grove’s Under the Boughs, IHME’s Dr. Ali Mokdad talks about costs and quality of healthcare and how that translates to health outcomes globally.

  • October 30: Try delicious African cuisine with sommelier-selected African wines at the 4th Annual Night Out for Fistula hosted by Worldwide Fistula Fund.

  • November 2: Do you know a STEM teacher interested in connecting skills to global health careers? WGHA’s STEM Global Educator Workshop delivers clock hours, hands-on training, and inspiration.

Without innovation at the center, we won’t be able to achieve Universal Health Care.

—Michel Sidibé, Mali minister of health, speaking at the 74th United Nations General Assembly

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