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Toilets for 4.5 billion people, shattered glass ceilings, and plastic classrooms

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Who said millennials were slackers?

Because these two millennials really do deserve a trophy. They aren’t just stars in our global health community; they’re also shining bright on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Abdullah Feroze, neurosurgical resident with Seattle Children’s and University of Washington, is working to cure pediatric brain tumors around the world. Across the Ship Canal, Fred Hutch’s Alex Salter is researching ways to make genetically modified T-cells better at killing cancer.

Pollution solution

Imagine 288 tons of plastic pollution a day. While there’s too much plastic in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, there are too few classrooms, and 2 million kids can’t go to school each day. UNICEF and Conceptos Plásticos teamed up to convert plastic pollution into bricks for new classrooms. The first one is done, and 29 more are in the queue.

Don’t forget to flush

Some 4.5 billion people don’t have a toilet to use when nature calls. To change that stat, there’s a competition going to reinvent the toilet. And while new toilets are needed, so are new norms. World Vision is changing norms one kid at a time by teaching primary school kids where to go when nature calls.

Shattered glass

Women hold the majority of global health positions but the minority of global health leadership positions.

Seattle’s leading the way with some women-run orgs (we see you, Cambia Grove, Donor Swell, Pilgrim Africa, PRONTO International, SightLife, The Max Foundation, Medical Teams International, Minerva Strategies, VillageReach, and more), but the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference inspired Panorama’s Gabrielle Fitzgerald (and we’re guessing the more than 2 dozen Seattleites who were also there) to do more.

Join Gabrielle on January 10 to explore a Seattle chapter of Women in Global Health. RSVP here, and keep on shattering glass.

“If they don’t offer you a seat at the table, pull up a folding chair. And if they don’t let you do that, sit on the table.”

Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakja, chief humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria,
speaking at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference in Rwanda.

Vamos a Guatemala

More training, better health care, less pneumonia (and other infectious diseases). That’s what Providence St. Joseph Health and Medical Teams International are taking to Guatemala. What they’re bringing back? Life-changing experiences. And they’re in for more of it with their continued partnership.

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