Although rheumatic heart disease or RHD is completely preventable, it affects millions of people worldwide, two-thirds of them children in low-resource countries. In response to a global need for information, WiRED International just released its RHD module for students in French and Spanish—expanding on our existing versions in English and Portuguese.
Dehydration leads to 1.5 million deaths each year — mostly in young children from developing countries. The tragedy is that with simple treatment these lives could have been saved. WiRED International now offers an educational course on dehydration in our Learning Center.
National Public Health Week is here! To get the ball rolling, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring National Public Health Week and acknowledging the value of public health workers to our country every day.
WiRED’s Health Education Learning Portal has a new look! In addition to redesigning our main website, WiRED also renovated the website for our Learning Center. Now WiRED offers a clearer and more simplified approach to accessing its more than 350 medical and health education modules.
A man we’ll call George lives in Kisumu, a poverty-stricken area in western Kenya. Now age 30, he developed a drinking problem when just a teenager. His alcohol abuse led to unemployment and unprotected sex with prostitutes. He even drank so much he set his grandfather’s house on fire.
The link between nutrition and health is well known. Good nutrition is especially crucial to people with infections. To that end, WiRED just expanded its medical and health education modules on HIV/AIDS by creating one on nutrition.
For Armenians living in villages such as Karchaxbyur, access to information on dental health can be a challenge. After Davit Davtyan’s parents saw WiRED’s module on dental health, they were alerted to a peculiar condition of Davit’s teeth and took him to a dentist.
How can a disease be a “silent killer” with no symptoms, no apparent illness, until it causes damage to our bodies? How can a disease be so dangerous that doctors recommend screening for it by age 3?
WiRED International now offers a complete module series on the echocardiographic diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Portuguese. These training modules will be used primarily in Brazil, where RHD is a serious health risk.
Fifteen-year-old Kevin Mark has a remarkable story. He comes from Obunga, an impoverished community near Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Many residents there cope with serious housing issues, from leaky roofs to poor insulation.