Making Charitable Gifts from IRA Accounts Gives Tax Advantage BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN Did you know that if you are over age 70½ years you can reduce your taxes by making a gift directly from your IRA to WiRED International? You can lower your income and taxes for this year while helping WiRED […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Do animals have the power to benefit human health? For the past 10 years the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded an ongoing range of studies focused on humans’ relationships with animals. NIH reports that “Scientists are looking at what the potential physical and mental […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Spring is here. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing — and the insects are spreading infections at an alarming pace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that infectious diseases from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Veterinarians work to protect the health of animals. They know that keeping animals and pets healthy also protects the health of people and the environment. The One Health approach, adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, connects human, animal and environmental health. Experts […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Threats to the health of our planet — such as climate change, pollution, deforestation and species extinction — make this Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, a vital time to reflect and to act to protect our world. The Centers for Disease Control […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) The Medical Journal of Southern California Clinicians (MJSCC) recently published an article titled, “The Importance of a One Health Perspective in a Changing Environment.” The MJSCC article is co-authored (see sidebar) by WiRED International Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D.; Western University professor and WiRED […]
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW AND BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) The ill effects of climate change are not about to disappear anytime soon. In fact, our period now is the warmest in the history of modern civilization, according to the Climate Science Special Report released in November 2017 by 13 U.S. federal agencies. The report […]
WiRED began working in Iraq in the spring of 2003, and over the next few years we installed 39 Medical Information Centers (MICs) in hospitals and clinics from Basrah in the south to Dehuk in the north. The U.S. Department of State was our primary sponsor, and we had support from other organizations and companies that contributed equipment and helped with logistics. As we recognize our 25th Anniversary this year, we will provide other stories about our projects in Iraq.
WiRED started its education mission 25 years ago in Croatia, one of six countries in the former Yugoslavia. Soon after we set up computer facilities in a school in Vukovar, Croatia, the U.S. Department of State asked if we would expand the project into several other countries by supplying computers and training local high school teachers how to use computers in education. Those other countries included Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania (not formally in the former Yugoslavia).
At the same time WiRED was working on the two-country project discussed in this story, we had projects underway in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Iraq, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. The common element in many of WiRED’s projects at the time was the need to deal with conflicts or the significant aftereffects of conflicts. A common element in all conflicts is that people see each other as different by race, religion or political ideology. Nicaragua had recently ended a war, known as the Revolution, that took at least 30,000 lives and left many people wounded physically and psychologically. The battle lines in that conflict were drawn around political ideology.