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The votes are in for the 2019 Pioneers of Global Health Awards Winners! The winners include a global breast cancer crusader, an HIV prevention champion for pregnant women, and two organizations who teamed up to diagnose and treat cancer patients around the world. Join us in celebrating:

  • Award for Impact: Dr. Benjamin Anderson, Breast Health Global Initiative, University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • Rising Leader: Dr. Jillian Pintye, University of Washington, Department of Global Health.
  • Outstanding Collaboration: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and The Max Foundation.

These awardees are bold, compassionate, creative, and persistent in their efforts to improve health equity. We’re proud of their work and their roots in Washington’s global health sector.

Come take a dive with us at the Seattle Aquarium on October 17 where we’ll honor awardees at WGHA’s Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner & Auction. And show your support on social media using #GlobalHealthPioneer.


Your transition plan

Speaking of the Pioneers awards, one of last year’s winners, VillageReach, is transitioning ownership of the Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF)—Health Center by Phone—program to the Malawi Ministry of Health. Learn more about CCPF, which started in a rural district and grew to a nationwide program, by watching Taurai’s and Gloria’s stories.

And get smart on your own transition plan with VillageReach’s framework for transitioning solutions to local government, published earlier this week in Stanford Social Innovation Review. (Spoiler alert: the key is to plan for transition from the start.)


Ribbon cutting

After eight years of construction, the Worldwide Fistula Fund and long-time partner TERREWODE, will soon open doors to the only hospital for obstetric fistula treatment in East Africa (and the third in all of Africa). Now women and girls will receive holistic care from surgery, to physical therapy, to reintegration under one state-of-the-art roof.


One less thing to worry about

A new study from the University of Washington Department of Global Health and partners ends nearly three decades of fear that injectable birth control comes with an increased risk of HIV infection.

Injectable birth control is an important and popular choice for women, especially many African women who may need to hide that they are using birth control. These results bring relief for women and also highlight a need for researchers, doctors, and policymakers to keep pushing for new HIV prevention measures such as PrEP.


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Global health strategies aren’t just for faraway problems and places. Global to Local (G2L) was founded to use global health strategies to improve health equity right here in the United States.

And to do that, they need to know more about the strategies and solutions that are helping you advance health equity around the world. Remember the last time you saw something work in the field for a problem you’ve seen right here at home? Tell them about it, and one of you will win a $50 Amazon gift card.


A lifesaving balloon

Thanks to a new innovation from PATH and partners, a simple, low-cost medical device (think $10 instead of hundreds) is being introduced in countries with high maternal mortality. Excessive bleeding is the top killer for women during childbirth and until now the products needed to save these women were out of reach for low-income countries.


Takes all kinds

Nearly 1 billion malaria cases have been prevented since 2000, but recently experts are seeing infection rates plateau or even increase in some areas, potentially influenced by civil instability, insecticide resistance, and lack of funding.

Axios asked Seattle-based powerhouses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and Malaria No More for their take on what’s needed to restore progress. Not surprisingly, it’s government action (we see you Zambia), new technology, and new diagnostics & prevention.


Around town

  • July 3: Catch a foul ball and help end polio while cheering on the Mariners.
  • July 9: Animals, humans, culture, and infectious disease. Learn how they’re interconnected at this Science in the City global health event featuring Washington State University.
  • July 11: Join yours truly for a Communicators Roundtable on climate change and global health with Liz Banse from Resource Media.
  • July 14: Take a walk with Swedish to keep women healthy and help save lives.
  • July 25: Get social with Life Science Washington and a vibrant community of  life science professionals.
  • Aug 18: Join Nothing But Nets and the Seattle Storm to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria.

Seattle is the Silicon Valley of saving the world.

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures and Global Good, speaking at The Performance Theatre



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