The award for the best charity Website was presented on December 22, 2003, by Jim Collins, Affinity’s Chief Marketing Officer. WiRED International was selected from among 263 nominations to win the Grand Prize.
Sponsored by the International Professional Interest Section of the Public Relations Society of America, the meeting drew media and communication specialists from around the county to examine global communication problems that surfaced after the World Trade Center attack and swelled after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
WiRED returned to the Balkans in December 2003 to open two Medical Information Centers (MICs) in Montenegro. The new Centers, underwritten by The Medtronic Foundation, are in the Medical School in Podgorica and in the Danilo I Hospital in Cetinje. The Centinje Hospital is the oldest hospital in the country, this December celebrating its 130th year of continuous service to the people of Montenegro.
On November 24, 2003, in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers, WiRED installed a computer training lab in the Ahmadiyya Muslim School in Sierre Leone. The facility, which is the first of its kind in this post-conflict, west African country, will introduce some 5,000 students to a technology that will be critical for the economic and social development of this impoverished region.
On August 7, 2003, WiRED International launched a seven-station Medical Information Center at the University of Leon School of Medicine. The facility will serve 1,300 faculty, students and medical professionals. Leon, the second largest city in Nicaragua, is located 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The room at the Al Kadhymia Teaching Hospital in Iraq had bars on the windows, lots of electrical outlets, and plenty of space to accommodate computers. I was traveling with an American computer technician and an Iraqi physician in May on a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to create medical-information centers at teaching hospitals and medical schools throughout the country.
WiRED International will provide a Medical Information Center for faculty and students of the Medical School at the University of Nicaragua in Leon. We are grateful to the Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary Club for underwriting the installation of this new Center.
Testimonials from Kenya, By various writers
Popularly known as “the Computer place”, WiRED International’s Community Health Information Center (CHIC) in Butula is proving to be the best strategy for fighting AIDS. Confirming the popular notion that “information is power,” the story of 11-year-old Joseph is a testimony to WiRED’s work in this part of the world.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2003, WiRED International launched the first of several Medical Information Centers at a ceremony held in Iraq’s largest teaching hospital. This 10-station computer network and e-library of medical topics will provide more than 1,000 doctors and medical students with information about the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.