Global Health

Humanosphere
1:50 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Changemakers: Redmond high school kids help fellow students in Cambodia

Students from Washington and Cambodia pose at the school in the village of Pailin built in part with money raised by the Overlake School in Redmond.
Overlake School

By Claudia Rowe, Humanosphere correspondent

In a lesson showing just how far one unlikely idea can travel, 18 upper affluent kids from suburban Seattle are this weekend en route to Cambodia, where they will teach science, art and English to some of the poorest children on Earth.

Foreign aid is a messy business, often stymied by inefficiency and corruption. But students from the Overlake School in Redmond wave off such concerns – not to mention parental worries about residual landmines and mandatory inoculations.

They believe their two-week trip to the village of Pailin will benefit them as much as their young pupils.

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Global Health
2:25 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Seattle doctor to battle breast cancer in Uganda

“In developing countries, breast cancer is detected much later than in countries with established screening programs,” Dr. Constance Lehman said.

As an example of how cancer is no longer viewed solely as a health care issue of the rich world, a physician from Seattle plans to launch a pilot project studying the use of portable ultrasound for breast cancer diagnosis in Uganda.

Dr. Constance Lehman, a radiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, wants to see if using the device in selected communities can improve detection and treatment success rates of this common cancer and killer.

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Global Health
3:37 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Steve Davis, entrepreneur and rights advocate, to head PATH

Steve Davis has been selected by PATH’s board to take the position of president and CEO.

In one sense, Davis' new job leading PATH represents a return to where he started — as a refugee settlement coordinator on the Thai-Laos border in the 1980s and later, as a young attorney, working on human rights issues in China, for gay and lesbian rights here in the U.S. and as a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised in general.

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Humanosphere
8:48 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Changemakers: Katie Leach-Kemon, motivated by experience and empowered by math

Katie Leach-Kemon, 29, data development manager at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; master of public health from the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health.

“Changemakers” is a new series on Humanosphere exploring how young people, connected and globally aware, are working to change the world.

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent

Katie Leach-Kemon arrived in Niger as a newly minted college grad, eager to help in her role as a community health agent with the Peace Corps. She teamed up with health workers who were identifying acutely malnourished children, and then assisting their mothers to better feed their kids. It was culturally sensitive stuff.

“I was straight out of college,” she said, “and I had a lot to learn.”

Read more on Humanosphere.

Washington Welfare
12:22 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

ATM fee for welfare recipients could be a thing of the past

Washington state is working on a deal with JPMorgan Chase that could eliminate an ATM fee for welfare clients. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The 85-cent ATM fee that JPMorgan Chase charges Washington welfare clients could soon be a thing of the past. The state hopes to have a deal by the end of the month with JPMorgan on a new, lower cost contract for electronic benefits.

We first reported on the 85-cent fee because JPMorgan Chase wasn’t disclosing it at ATM machines. Now the fee is disclosed. But critics say it amounts to a tax on the poor.

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Humanosphere
6:53 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Changemakers: Winning, one vegetable patch at a time

Quick BIO: Noah Derman, 31, is development director for Development in Gardening in Atlanta and a University of Washington graduate.

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent

Global health and development is by definition bound to be overpowering. So Noah Derman has a strategy for not feeling crushed by the enormous scope of the field’s challenges – he mentally breaks them into smaller chunks.

“If you look at smaller battles that you win,” said Derman, “you won’t get so overwhelmed.”

For Derman, development director for Development in Gardening, or DIG, those battles are won one vegetable patch at a time.

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Humanosphere
11:05 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Protesters call upon Gates Foundation to sever ties with Monsanto

Anti-GMO protest at the Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

As part of a somewhat spotty call for a worldwide protest against the practices of the multinational agricultural company Monsanto, about 40 protesters in Seattle descended upon the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to demand that the philanthropy sever all its ties with the firm.

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Humanosphere
12:46 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Clooney campaigns against other war crimes in Africa

Actor George Clooney spies a missile flying overhead in Sudan in this screen grab from a video he made while in the embattled territory.

George Clooney, who has praised the Stop Kony campaign aimed at ridding east-central Africa of warlord Joseph Kony, is trying to make sure our focus on such efforts isn’t too singular.

The actor and human rights advocate has long been focused on the ongoing atrocities in Sudan and recently testified in Congress to draw attention to the killings, conflict and suffering. He recently snuck into a dangerous part of the country and produced this powerful, disturbing video.

Read more and watch the video on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
1:31 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Geena Davis, in Seattle, calls for the 'next women's movement'

Geena Davis (far right) with Chris Grumm (left) and Andrea Taylor at a Seattle Town Hall event last night.
Meryl Schenker www.merylschenker.com

"We’re due for a resurgence of the women’s movement."

Actor and women’s advocate Geena Davis, who played Thelma in the 1991 hit ‘neo-feminist’ movie Thelma & Louise, spent a lot of time at a Global Washington event in Seattle fielding questions and criticizing the way women are portrayed — and perceived — in Hollywood and throughout the media.

But her concerns are much more global.

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Humanosphere
11:22 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Seattle's PATH gets sexy to save lives in Kenya

Screen shot from the trailer for "Shuga: Love, Sex, Money."

The Seattle-based global health organization has recently launched a steamy six-part television series in Nairobi, Kenya, called Shuga: Love, Sex, Money aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, the AIDS virus.

“This is pretty racy for Kenya,” said Rikka Trangsgrud, PATH’s long-time country programs director for Kenya. “There are some fairly explicit scenes and themes … We are really pushing the envelope here but the idea is to prompt important discussions.”

Read more and watch the trailer on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
1:25 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Changemakers: Becky Bartlein, health advocate, hot on the trail of bad drugs

Quick BIO: Becky Bartlein, 28, research coordinator for the University of Washington’s Global Medicines Program; master of public health from the UW’s Department of Global Health

It’s been a battle to get drug manufacturers to make medicines needed by people in developing countries, drugs to treat diseases expunged from wealthy nations. But what happens when the drugs finally reach these populations – do they work? Are they being used safely? Are there nasty side effects?

Becky Bartlein is trying to answer these questions as part of the newly formed Global Medicines Program at the University of Washington.

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Humanosphere
10:32 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Video campaign against African warlord Kony could do more harm than good

Invisible Children's film crew poses with Ugandan soldiers
Glenna Gordon

Over the last few days, a video posted on YouTube that aims to raise the profile — and potential for arrest — of the infamous African warlord Joseph Kony has been hugely popular and, in the eyes of many, so simplistic and inaccurate it is likely to do much more harm than good.

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Humanosphere
1:57 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Seattle global health experts put talents to use in south King County

A physician examines child, south King County
Crosscut

By Collin Tong at Crosscut

A coalition of local and global health groups have banded together to bring the lessons they’ve learned in developing countries to south King County, where the health index is as bad as Nairobi.

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Humanosphere
3:32 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Global goal for safe drinking water acheived, agency reports

Borehole water supply, Nigeria
Mike Urban mikeurbanart.com

Amid all the dire reports that seem to indicate the world is going to heck in a handbasket, here’s some good news:

The United Nations children’s agency, otherwise known as UNICEF, reports that 89 percent of the world’s population now has access to safe drinking water.

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Humanosphere
2:33 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Seattle org. focuses on business in a land of guns, drugs and murder

National police officers inspect a bag containing a mutilated body that was found inside the cemetery in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 2010. Honduras has become one of the deadliest cities in Central America..
The Associated Press

While the battle over drugs in the murder capital of the world intensifies and the U.S. president sends in VP Joe Biden, one Seattle expert worries the whole drug mess in Honduras is becoming a red herring.

Mauricio Vivero, executive director at the Seattle International Foundation, says many parts of Central America are in crisis today because of the combination of poverty, destabilized governments and a disengaged businesses.

There is no Hollywood-action-movie game plan that will fix the problem, he said. If the U.S. government truly wants to put a dent in the illegal drug trade, the first step should be to do whatever it can to promote trust and partnerships between business and local governments.

... but that’s just not as easy as sending guns and money.

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