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WGHA premiered its Field Notes Live news video at the sixth annual Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner and Auction, and now the video is making its global debut. Thanks to the WGHA members who participated and to Mighty Media Studios, who produced it.

And a big thanks to those who were in the room at Pioneers, to our event sponsors, and to the 2019 Pioneers awardees: Jillian Pintye, Ben Anderson, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, and Jerry Radich.

Honey, I magnified the kids

Scientists can put away the microscope and put on a virtual reality headset to step inside cells and see microbial bacteria at 100 times their actual size. Benaroya Research Institute and Carnegie Mellon University teamed up to develop this remarkable software and are now working to make it affordable and accessible. Because 2D is so 2018.

Doors wide open

Seattle Children’s Research Institute opened doors to Building Cure, which houses the Cure Factory. Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except for scientists. The Cure Factory is capable of manufacturing cancer-fighting T cells and other cell therapies for up to 1,000 children each year.

The University of Washington (UW) plans to open doors next fall to its newly named Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, inspired by the visionary Swedish doctor and “very serious possibilist.”

And in Uganda, Pilgrim Africa is opening renovated buildings as classrooms, dormitories, latrines, and kitchen spaces. The Annex Renovations project gives new life to abandoned buildings, helps Ugandan kids stay healthy in school, and represents Pilgrim Africa’s comprehensive approach to treating and preventing malaria.

Where the data take us

Child mortality rates are going down globally—but not equally. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME’s) new district-level data from 99 countries shows how child mortality varies between and within countries. IHME’s precision maps illuminate the inequality and point to the places where kids need targeted resources the most.

Leaving so soon?

Sometimes you just need a little more time. That’s a key takeaway from the new Partners In Health study showing how global health interventions are often assessed too early—before they’ve had a chance to succeed. Early assessments result in funding cuts and closed doors for programs that—if given the time—could actually improve health outcomes and save lives.


Pioneering wine in Washington

In the mid-1900s, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered Washington’s premium wine industry.

Last month, Chateau Ste. Michelle provided spectacular Washington State wine for the 2019 Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner.

Today the winery is leading the industry in sustainability practices, preserving and protecting Washington’s wine-growing region.

Washington pioneers. We are in good company.

People on the move

  • Sewnet Adem joins the UW as a new SCOPE fellow, and SCOPE study manager Adino Tesfahun joins the UW epidemiology PhD program.
  • Kammerle Schneider steps up in her new role as director of the Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases programs at PATH.
  • PATH’s Dykki Settle is appointed to the new Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission to support achieving Universal Health Coverage.
  • Trudy Sharp moves to Medical Teams International as director of global human resources after 16 years with World Vision.

Wanna be on the move? Check out WGHA’s communications manager position and apply by November 8 to join our small but mighty team of connectors!

Around town

Through this collaborative project and with our partners in Kenya, I’ve learned that when you support women to make their own health decisions, everyone wins.

—Dr. Jillian Pintye, UW Department of Global Health and School of Nursing and WGHA’s 2019 Pioneers of Global Health Rising Leader 

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