Field Notes, Update

Your next adventure, a new status for tiger worms, and a diet to save the planet

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STEM Global

WGHA doesn’t just care about the 14,000+ people currently working in global health in Washington. We’re also thinking about the next generation of our global health workforce. With our new program, STEM Global, WGHA members are inspiring and preparing the next generation of global health dreamers and doers.

If you’re a scientist or practitioner, the first STEM Global event—a public engagement training—is for you. Register for the February 13 session to learn the secrets of talking to the public about your work.

If you have new opportunities or resources for students or teachers to share through STEM Global, send them our way!

Adventures for Impact

Calling all “compassionate adventurers.” This fall, you and 11 of your closest friends can adventure with a cause thanks to MSR Global Health. Its Adventures for Impact trips to Nepal and Tanzania let you summit mountains and bring safe drinking water to local villages (using the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker). Dust off your boots and book your ticket soon.

Tiger in your tank

The Tiger Toilet is a groundbreaking sanitation solution (no flushing or sewer system needed), and there are now more than 4,000 across India. This creative invention was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and gives status to the world’s tiniest sewer workers—tiger worms—that break down the waste and produce excellent fertilizer.

What’s on your plate?

WGHA members Panorama, the UW Center for Global Health Nursing, and Washington State University kicked off the New Year at the Science in the City event exploring how individuals can improve global health.

The EAT–Lancet Commission must have been reading the same playbook, because it released a planetary health diet showing how each of us can help save the planet. For you red-meat eaters, you get one burger a week. Make it a good one!


The best data is the kind that makes a difference.

Who do you know using data to make people healthier? The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation believes these bold global health innovators deserve a prize. The Roux Prize, to be exact.

Check out previous Roux Prize winners like Dr. Cynthia Maung, who is using health metrics to improve lives for refugees, migrant workers, and displaced people along the Burmese-Thai border.

Applications are closing soon for this $100,000 award. Nominate your data difference maker today (or by January 31).

Apply now!

Whether you’re in school or not, it’s global health application season. Once you finish your Roux Prize nomination, below are more opportunities for you, your organization, or that colleague you’ve been so wowed by.

  • Tech gurus. Do you have a transformative tech solution for a global problem? Apply before January 30 for a chance to participate in the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, organized by the US Department of State and the Netherlands.
  • Data scientists. Do you have an idea for using data science for social good? Submit a proposal by February 18 to have a team of smart, hard-working University of Washington students take it on this summer.
  • Entrepreneurs. Have you launched a company, and now you’re working on your proof of concept? Register for Life Science Washington’s Fast Pitch competition by March 18. P.S. The winner takes home five grand!

The Mumbai miracle

PATH is partnering with the private sector to diagnose and treat TB in India, a country with more TB and MDR-TB cases than any other country in the world. By partnering with private providers and addressing gaps in transportation, testing, and treatment, the Mumbai initiative is already seeing an 80% treatment success rate.

Think global, build local

The University of Global Health Equity inaugurates its new campus in northern Rwanda today. And while the buildings are impressive, the way they’re building the next generation of local leaders and health care providers is the biggest celebration. This Partners in Health initiative is led by Dr. Agnes Binagwaho. She’s the former health minister of Rwanda, former Roux Prize winner, and current “doctor with sassitude,” because that’s what it takes to do things that haven’t been done before.


“If we’re ever going to see a world where every person, no matter who they are, receives quality health care, we need to transform the way we think about training our future leaders.”

Dr. Paul Farmer on how the University of Global Health Equity
is revolutionizing global health

Around town

  • February 5: Learn about Controlling Viral Infection: From Hepatitis C to Zika from UW School of Public Health‘s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Dr. Michael Gale Jr.
  • February 9: Pacific Science Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture partner to bring teachers STEAM Power, a day dedicated to inspiring and supporting educators.
  • February 12: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, cofounder and CEO of The Max Foundation, discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly in global access to cancer treatment at the next Science in the City event.

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