WiRED International Receives Grant to Expand Ebola Education Program
Ebola has all but vanished from the news—but not from West Africa. In fact, a situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows a recent uptick in the number of Ebola cases. Now is the time to prepare communities and to establish systems that can be activated if the virus should spread.
To this end Medtronic Philanthropy has awarded a grant to WiRED International to address community preparedness on Ebola. WiRED will produce a package of integrated elements that create and distribute our educational programs on Ebola and assist communities to use them in the global struggle against the disease. Read more »
Spotlight: NCDs — Cardiovascular Disease
During the coming months WiRED International will spotlight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which are the primary health threat in the world today. According to the World Health Organization, NCDs claim 16 million lives a year globally.
More than 75% of deaths worldwide are due to NCDs. Their number exceeds that of all deaths from communicable diseases, plus deaths related to maternal and perinatal malnutrition. Our community health education website offers an e-library of more than 350 medical and health information modules, many of which feature NCDs. WiRED International believes that individuals and communities that understand the basics of NCDs can make vast improvements in their health outcomes. Read more »
Chikungunya Disease Module
WiRED International just posted a module on chikungunya disease to our Community Health Education e-library.
Designed for grassroots audiences, this module describes chikungunya disease, its prevention, symptoms and treatments as well as how clinical signs can be confused with and misdiagnosed as dengue fever. The course is interactive and contains colorful graphics and quizzes spaced throughout to help people retain the facts.
Chikungunya disease is caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. (See earlier story.) The main symptoms of the illness are fever and severe joint pain, often accompanied by headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. Joint pain is often crippling, bringing about a contorted appearance in people with severe cases.
There is no cure for chikungunya disease. Serious complications are not common, but can contribute to the cause of death for people at risk—newborns, older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.
All WiRED International’s modules are peer-reviewed and free to be viewed and downloaded from anywhere around the world.
WiRED International Launches Measles Module Amid Disease Outbreak in U.S.
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
The recent measles outbreak in Disneyland, California, has now spread east to Chicago. Alarm among healthcare workers and the general population plus the refusal of some parents to vaccinate their children complicate containing a disease once thought eradicated. While people in the U.S. have nearly forgotten about measles, the disease has been raging around the world. According to the World Health Organization, in 2013, there were 145,700 measles deaths globally—about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour. Read more »
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