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Seven trends in India, better data in Africa, and FUN-GA in New York

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Ballet, poodles, flowers

Toni Hoover has all three. Toni leads Strategy, Planning, and Management for Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And although she has a long and successful career in industry, one of her favorite boardrooms is the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she serves on the governing board. She won’t say which of her standard poodles she loves more—Louis or Nola—but her favorite flowers are the ones she arranges herself on Sunday afternoons.


Shoot for the moon

“It’s like you’re collaborating with someone on the moon!” Dr. Jackson Orem is the director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, and this was his colleague’s reaction when he first learned about the collaboration with Fred Hutch in Seattle. Ten years later, the collaboration is strong, and the Uganda Cancer Institute is leading research and training scientists who are changing the future of cancer treatment in Uganda. The moon’s not really that far away.


Lucky seven

Seven trends in the last ten years have dramatically improved people’s health in India. The past decade has seen an end to polio, longer life expectancy, and better birth outcomes. PATH’s country director, Neeraj Jain, reflects on the seven trends and what remains: building trust.


Money managers and more

  • Two WGHA members welcome new CFOs to the C-suite: Carolyn Ainslie joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on October 1, and Patti Pearce joins the Max Foundation.
  • Liz Haight joins Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands as the new Global Programs Manager, following Willa Marth’s move to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
  • Ryan Jacobs joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior speechwriter. New to the Pacific Northwest, Ryan’s East Coast gigs included writing for the secretary of transportation and the CEO at IBM.

Rhymes with vega

WGHA welcomes Tsega Desta as its new member engagement manager. Tsega spent the last 13 years at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and now she’s using her brain to support Washington’s global health community. When she’s not working with WGHA, Tsega is chasing her young godchildren, engaging with her faith community, or finding new ways to help kids in Ethiopia pay for school.


It starts with good data

It’s hard to prevent deaths without knowing what caused them. And 65 percent of global deaths have no recorded cause. Vital Strategies partnered with six ministries of health and unveiled a new e-learning course designed specifically for Africa. The course teaches physicians how to classify cause of death. Say hello to better data.


Sounds like FUN-GA!

If you’re in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) next week, check out these events hosted or cohosted by WGHA member organizations:


Tech for good

Tableau Foundation’s Steve Schwartz is part of the new Sea.citi nonprofit, mobilizing Seattle’s tech workers to address the city’s civic challenges. The first focus is on schools and students.


Tell the untold

Do you have an overlooked, undertold global health story? The 2019 Untold Stories of Global Health Contest is your platform. NPR’s Goats and Soda blog, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and Global Health NOW are on the hunt for important but untold global health stories. Submit yours by September 30.


Is there a doctor in the house?

If you’re schooled in infectious disease, you could serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors for CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases. Nominations are accepted until October 31.


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