Field Notes, Update

The cool kids club, why your height matters, and our favorite new fridge

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The cool kids club

Algeria and Argentina are the two newest members in the malaria-free countries club. Malaria No More’s Martin Edlund shares that “their success demonstrates that the goals of malaria elimination and health system strengthening are mutually reinforcing.” Key factors in their success were universal health coverage, working with neighboring countries in border areas, and improving disease surveillance. Welcome to the club.

How tall are you?

Learn your height and your dose thanks to PATH’s simple, new innovation. The color-coded dose pole is used to quickly tell the right dose of medicine to treat lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating condition that affects 120 million people.

WHO recommends triple drug therapy to eliminate the disease, and administering that just got a lot easier in India, where the dose pole is being used in 250+ endemic districts. Check out the three simple steps for using it.

Is your refrigerator running?

A new low-tech refrigerator is helping decentralize rabies vaccines in the Serengeti. The Zeepot refrigerator is made from clay, sand, and sawdust and can effectively store rabies vaccines for up to three months. Washington State University’s (WSU’s) Felix Lankester and his team in Tanzania are using it in a new process to deliver vaccines every three months instead of every day and training livestock field officers to manage them.

Back home, WSU’s Guy Palmer and Doug Call sat down with KING 5 News to talk antimicrobial resistance from Tanzania to Seattle, warning that “it’s not going away.”

Turning “manels” to panels

Tired of “manels”? Now you can help thanks to the Request a Woman Scientist database. The creators are hoping to bring more equity and gender diversity to science and the media. If you’re a female scientist, add your name and wait for your call.


We’re looking at you (and nine others)

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) is looking for ten ambitious, creative postdocs to lead groundbreaking projects at Washington-based institutions.

What’s in it for you? Funding for three years to develop products and services that benefit the public (think making better vaccines or helping cure diseases).

If you have a bold proposal that addresses a major public need, apply today (or by June 16) for your chance to join the third cohort of WRF Postdoctoral Fellows. You bring the talent; we’ll foot the bill.

New data, old blood, new money

From Seattle to sub-Saharan Africa, Washington-based organizations are making new strides in HIV/AIDS.

  • The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released the first HIV mapping study of its kind showing HIV prevalence at the district level and highlighting five-fold disparities in some sub-Saharan African countries.
  • The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is using blood donated from an HIV-positive infant in the 1990s to study antibodies and shed new light on a better HIV vaccine.
  • Up the Montlake Cut from the Hutch, Professor Grace John-Stewart at the UW Department of Global Health is investigating how HIV exposure in children may affect their susceptibility to tuberculosis infection.

Cracks in the glass ceiling

These women in global health are making waves and earning accolades:

Around town

  • June 11: The Woodland Park Zoo presents Coffee, Kangaroos, and Community: A One Health Approach at the Pacific Science Center’s next Science in the City event.
  • June 12: WGHA members are invited to join our discussion on informing technology and data tracking policy in low- and middle-income countries.
  • June 13: Life Science Washington and Sherris Consulting hold office hours where you can get a free consultation on commercializing new global health products.
  • June 20: Join Lynden International’s Eric Klunder and the rest of the Final Milers at their quarter two meeting featuring Amazon’s Disaster Response team.

“Because we cannot achieve health for all without vaccines for all.”

– Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general,
World Health Organization, speaking at the 72nd World Health Assembly

Were you at #WHA72? Check out Loyce Pace’s take on the World Health Assembly in this Q&A with Global Health NOW. Then, join yours truly for a #WHA72 debrief with other Washington-based colleagues on Friday, June 7. Register here.

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