Foodborne Diseases

"We view the people themselves as the solution, not passive beneficiaries. We begin with the assumption of competence and provide educational resources that can help in the communities we're serving."


— Paraphrasing writer
David Bornstein

March 2017: 1.7 Million Deaths Annually of Children under Five Are Linked to the Environment Says World Health Organization

Two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that every year Earth’s polluted environment accounts for 26% of deaths of children under five. Read more »



March 2017: New Study Finds the Likelihood of Birth Defects from Zika Infection Has Increased Alarmingly

A March 2017 study reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that American women affected by the Zika virus were 20 times more likely to give birth to babies with severe birth defects than U.S. mothers who contracted Zika two years ago. This startling uptick demonstrates more clearly than ever the link between Zika and birth defects and proves that the virus continues to take novel and troubling turns. Read more »



WiRED Turns Its Focus to Medical and Health Education after Work in Kosovo

In 1999, not long after the end of NATO’s aerial bombing of Serbia, the U.S. State Department asked me to join a team that the Department had assembled to build a network of seven Internet Access Centers (IAC) across Kosovo. The State Department had been tracking WiRED’s Internet programs elsewhere in the Balkans, and it recognized that WiRED International knew the region, knew the technology involved and knew what training programs were necessary to prepare administrators to manage local centers. Read more »



March 2017: WiRED International Launches Foodborne Diseases Module

Every year billions of people experience a foodborne disease (FBD) without ever knowing that their illness was caused by food.
WiRED International now offers a Foodborne Diseases Module, which describes FBDs, identifies their causes and tells how to avoid contracting them. Read more »



February 2017: WiRED Salutes Award Recipient Dr. William Crano

By unanimous vote, the Western Psychological Association (WPA) recently granted its 2017 Social Responsibility Award to William Crano, Ph.D., a member of WiRED’s Advisory Board. This WPA award “is given to an individual in recognition of substantial and influential work that facilitates peace, freedom, social justice and/or protection of this planet’s natural environment.” Read more »



February 2017: WHO Issues 10 Ways to Improve the Quality of Care for
Mothers and Babies

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that each year 303,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth; there are 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.7 million babies die within 28 days of being born. Read more »




WiRED International's Beginning

Two computer technicians and I rode in a small van headed down a dark rutted road in far eastern Croatia. We had worked a long day in the war-damaged school in Vukovar, a town disfigured and dispirited by conflict sitting on the edge of the Danube River. We were exhausted, hungry and drained of emotion, eager to reach the next town, 30 miles away, to get a sandwich and a few hours of sleep before returning to our work at the school. There were no hotels in Vukovar; they were long gone. Read more »






Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
Click here to watch the award ceremony video.