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Unstoppable women, hospital care at home, and something to talk about in India

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Women who won’t be stopped

What do you do when the only ob-gyn is in another country? Pregnant women in Venezuela are risking their lives to cross the closed border and get needed care at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) health center in Cúcuta, Colombia. The “almost unimaginable” crisis in Venezuela has left people with virtually no food, medicine, water, or reliable electricity, but the IRC is working with its partners to protect Venezuela’s most vulnerable people—pregnant moms and babies.


They bring the hospital to you

Life after the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) just got a little easier for moms and babies in Uganda, thanks to Adara Development’s new Hospital to Home program. Adara is training ten Chief Village Health Team (VHT) volunteers to follow up at home after babies are discharged from the Kiwoko Hospital NICU. The VHTs will each train ten more village volunteers to recognize danger signs, monitor breastfeeding, and more. The Kiwoko NICU already inspired one doctor to go home and start her own NICU.


Something to talk about

Malaria No More (MNM) has the message, and it’s partnering with the media group that has the audience. India has set the ambitious goal of eliminating malaria by 2030. Reaching it requires inspiring the public to take historic action. That’s where Times Bridge, the global investments and partnerships arm of The Times Group of India, comes in. Through its new partnership with MNM, Times Bridge will bring the right messages and messengers to the right influencers to help end this deadly disease.


Happy trails

If you’re a startup with a solution, Cambia Grove’s 2019 Spring TRAILS Competition may be for you. Cambia Grove teamed up with three top-ranking children’s hospitals, including Seattle Children’s, to call for applications from startups working to improve health care for children and their families during crises. If that sounds like you, submit your solution today.


Spring forward

While we changed our clocks, these ladies got promoted!

  • Erin SheHadABabyIt’sAGirl McCarthy was promoted to senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making her the first woman we know to be promoted while on maternity leave. #GirlPower
  • Senator Patty Murray tapped Mindi Linquist, previously with Fred Hutch, as her new chief of staff.
  • SCOPE hired Alvine Ngouonga, student in the UW Department of Global Health, as its first-ever student assistant.
  • Digital Square, a PATH-led initiative, announced Skye Gilbert as its new executive director. Skye says “connecting with communities is the most important pathway to finding the truth within the noise.”
  • Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, a Partners In Health initiative, was appointed senior advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization.

Closing the “know-do” gap

Did you know it can take scientists 17 years to move from intervention discovery to full-scale implementation? That difference is called the “know-do” gap. The University of Washington is working to close this gap with its implementation science course. Apply now (or at least by May 15) to speed up the process.

Not in Seattle? You can still learn more about implementation science and other topics through UW’s Global Health e-learning courses.


Look who Launched

WGHA welcomed 40 new members from 17 organizations at Launch—its global health orientation for new hires. The fifth Launch cohort brings diverse background experiences from Amazon (Brenda Luu, Panorama) to the Washington State Department of Health (Shabina Hussain, Hepatitis Education Project) to UW’s International Training and Education Center for Health (Liz Haight, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands).

New to your role but missed out on this event? Sign up for the September 18 Launch session.


Around town

  • April 9: Dorothy Echodu, Pilgrim Africa’s CEO, presents the big fight against little mosquitoes in this Science in the City lecture highlighting Pilgrim Africa’s work to eliminate malaria.
  • April 24-25: Join 500+ professionals from across the life sciences at Life Science Washington’s 2019 innovation conference.
  • May 2: ADJUevent is back, and you’re the guest of honor! Check out last year’s pics and get your ticket to WGHA’s second annual member mixer.
  • May 3: Madigan Army Medical Center’s annual Colonel Pat C. Kelly Madigan Research Day allows Madigan to show the rest of us what’s been happening in Army-funded medical research and explore ways to collaborate.
  • August 10: Save the date and make your miles count with Fred Hutch’s annual Obliteride to raise money for lifesaving cancer research. But first, take advantage of early registration available now.

“Have confidence that you don’t have to justify your position or your expertise.…You need to share your insights, both within the context of your position and beyond it.”

– Elaine Gibbons, vice president of Global Engagement and Communications at PATH, sharing advice for women who are just getting started in their careers

We couldn’t agree more, Elaine!


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