When orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Juaquin Corvera, diagnoses a patient and performs the necessary surgery, his long experience generally enables him to handle the procedures deftly. So, over the years his training and first-hand experience have served him and his patients well.
For volunteer Angela Woon, working with WiRED International has not only allowed her (albeit virtually) to satisfy her wanderlust, but to gain a new perspective on remote countries, cultures, and the problems they face.
Five new Medical Information Centers (MICs) opening in Central America June 4-10, 2010, will link to a newly refined, online resource that provides a wealth of medical information for doctors in developing countries. In addition to supplying the computers and other necessary equipment, WiRED will launch a new information and training tool from the International Telemedicine Network (ITN) education portal.
The adage goes “the family that plays together stays together.” And so it must hold true too when it comes to the family that volunteers together. Just ask Val, Chet and Emily Bardo, a close-knit family who not only share their love of the outdoors and animals but volunteering at WiRED, too.
If WiRED created the position of full-time volunteer, it would proudly bestow it on Bess Touma. A volunteer from January 2001 to December 2007, Touma was instrumental in WiRED’s development and worked tirelessly almost full time without pay, according to WiRED founder Dr. Gary Selnow.
Early in 2001, in Leon, Nicaragua, Santiago Castellon opened the Ben Linder café. This small restaurant and bar served organic coffee and healthy meals, but it needed something more to draw in customers. Residents of Leon also needed something more—access to the Internet. So Castellon and his partners decided that the Ben Linder would become a cyber café.
When describing her graphic design career, Ann Britton unpretentiously calls herself lucky—lucky to have a graphic designer visit her junior high class and help illuminate her career path, lucky to get an “in” working with Nike, lucky to have an interesting stable of clients.
Jumping on a plane, Che Pangborn was headed to Croatia for a few weeks of vacation in 1998. Or so he thought. Little did Pangborn know that his first trip outside the United States would turn out to be the stepping stone for his journey into volunteerism with WiRED International, one that would last for several years.
This month, WiRED is honored to welcome the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, to its board.
When Zgjim Limani, M.D. studied medicine at the University of Prishtina in Kosova during a post-war period, the school had to be rebuilt after severe vandalism by outside aggressors and the bombing raid by NATO. The Balkans had been isolated for two decades by the many wars in the area. “This impacted our health system, too,” says Dr. Limani.