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Talking with Trevor
Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly like Trevor Noah any more, we learned that he will be the special guest for the next edition of Science Says, hosted by Fred Hutch. The comedian and host of The Daily Show will join three Fred Hutch scientists to talk about ending cancer and COVID-19. Tune in November 30 for what’s sure to be an entertaining and informative conversation.
Let’s talk about something most of us are guilty of lately—doomscrolling. With constant news updates at our fingertips, it’s hard to stop scrolling through shockingly bad news, which makes us feel even more anxious. Swedish explains why we continue doomscrolling and shares tips for breaking the cycle—for the sake of our mental health.
In Uganda, Adara is partnering with FREO2 to provide an oxygen system in their first Adara Newborn site, Nakaseke Hospital. This backup system will kick in during the frequent power outages in the area, which previously interrupted the flow of oxygen systems that are powered by electricity. Check out the PBS special to see how the system works.
Speaking of oxygen…
Partners In Health (PIH) is supporting oxygen access in Peru, which has the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths per capita. PIH has delivered more than 120 oxygen concentrators and 90 oxygen tanks to hospitals. It has installed 260 oxygen outlets beside patient beds for easier access. PIH also worked with its Center for Global Health to create technical training materials so hospital staff—116 people so far—can safely operate the systems. The oxygen, equipment, and training have already started saving lives.
Vax for kids
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for kids age 5 and up. Seattle Children’s is offering COVID-19 vaccinations for kids, and booster shots for qualifying adults. If you have questions before getting your child vaccinated, check out this FAQ page.
A reminder from Seattle Children’s: for kids under 5 years old, make sure they’re caught up on other vaccinations to stay healthy.
Supply shortages impact more than holiday gifts—there is a concern there will be a syringe shortage for vaccines. UNICEF projections show that with a goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022, there could be a shortage of 2.2 billion auto-disable syringes. This could have the biggest impact on low- and middle-income countries.
To ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the globe, UNICEF has recommendations from ending “syringe nationalism” to more predictable rollout plans to increased manufacturing.
Zoomin’ around town
- Nov. 23: Register to attend Women in Global Health’s virtual event, Women in Health & PPE: Does one size fit all? to discuss the need for gender-inclusive protective equipment.
- Dec 2: Head to Reddit to ask Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer all of your burning global health questions.
- Dec. 4: Join Fred Hutch’s Healthy for the Holidays event to learn how you can use humor as a healing tool and eating as an act of self-care.
- Dec. 8–9: Don’t miss the Goalmakers Annual Conference, hosted by Global Washington, to work toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers include representatives from VillageReach, PATH, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Dec. 9–10: Register for the 2021 Global Health Landscape Symposium, hosted by the Global Health Council, to discuss current trends and calls to action in global health.
- Dec. 10: Join Amplio’s virtual 2021 Annual Event to learn about the global reach and impact of Talking Books.
- Dec. 16: Save the date for the Women in Global Health Seattle Q4 virtual event.
- Get tips on how to choose inclusive photos for your organization’s communications from Forum One.
“I believe this time in our world will be defined by the magnificence of human beings, not the malevolence. I think what we need to do is show people how to make change.”
–Audette Exel AO, Adara founder and chair, in an interview with Governance Institute of Australia
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