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WiRED News Timeline, 2016

January 1 2016
Women in Brazil are being warned to avoid mosquitoes and to postpone pregnancy as cases of microcephaly in newborns edge up to 2,800, according
January 5 2016
WiRED International’s volunteers, board and staff look forward to a busy and productive 2016. Our plans include the addition of several dozen new modules
January 9 2016
The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 400 million dengue infections occur each year globally.
January 12 2016
Chagas disease made the news recently when a New York Times article revealed a plan by Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli to charge from
January 16 2016
The Zika virus that has been linked to a dramatic rise of infants born with severe and irreversible nerve damage and a small head
January 17 2016
Are you and your loved ones up to date on vaccinations? WiRED International wants to make sure that everyone in your family is vaccinated
January 21 2016
No woman should die of cervical cancer. If caught early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers.
January 27 2016
Family planning matters, and lately the issue is related to current news stories about the Zika virus. Because of a possible link between the
January 27 2016
Wired International now offers its third Zika module, Zika for community health workers (CHWs). This rapid response module informs CHWs about Zika virus infections
February 2 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the mosquito-borne Zika virus crisis to its highest alert level today. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, M.D., made the
February 4 2016
February 4 is World Cancer Day. This year’s theme is, “We can. I can.”
February 5 2016
One of the preventable illnesses that WiRED has focused on during the past few years is rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a chronic heart condition
February 9 2016
WiRED International just released an Obstetric Fistula module on this preventable and treatable condition suffered by an estimated two million women living in underserved
February 14 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released fresh travel recommendations for pregnant women to countries affected by the Zika virus. The WHO guidelines
February 14 2016
February is American Heart Month. This Valentine’s Day give the gift of heart health to family and friends by committing to a healthy lifestyle
February 15 2016
WiRED International now offers a revised module on hepatitis, a disease that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and that most commonly triggers
February 20 2016
Ramsey Sagini Peter is a 15-year-old Kenyan whose determination to educate himself led him to WiRED International’s Community Health Information Center in Kisumu, Kenya.
February 26 2016
Zika, understandably, has received a lot of public attention during the past two months, and WiRED has been in the lead on Zika education
March 4 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than one million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide; that amounts to an
March 11 2016
World health officials warn that consequences for pregnant women who contract the Zika virus are proving to be far worse than first suspected.
March 11 2016
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Learning the facts about this preventable cancer could save your life.
March 20 2016
Environmental health hazards hit underserved populations hardest, especially children under age five and adults between 50 and 75 years old.
March 24 2016
Unite to end TB is the theme of 2016’s World Tuberculosis Day. On March 24 in 1882 Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of
March 26 2016
It's always a good time to remind our children and ourselves about the importance of good personal hygiene. WiRED's staff would like to offer
March 31 2016
Scientists continue to discover further neurological consequences of the Zika virus — adding to the growing global fears over the connection between Zika and
April 5 2016
Award-winning actor Michael Constantine’s film and TV career spans more than 60 years. Identified most recently as the Windex-spraying family patriarch Gus Portokalos in
April 7 2016
World Health Day falls on April 7, the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO), which targets an area of global health concern each
April 10 2016
Seven-year-old Luke Nuttall has type 1 diabetes. His parents were sound asleep when Luke’s diabetic alert dog Jedi woke them up in the middle
April 12 2016
Brian Obonyo is a registered clinical officer who works for the KUAP-Pandipieri program center in Kisumu, Kenya. Brian and his colleagues seek to improve
April 18 2016
Every pregnancy should result in a healthy baby. The best way to help ensure this is for a woman to stay healthy before and
April 21 2016
This year Earth Day is Friday, April 22. On the first Earth Day in 1970, people celebrated clean air, land and water. Forty-six years
April 22 2016
On April 24 WiRED International joins with colleagues and friends in Armenia to remember victims of the Armenian Genocide. WiRED’s volunteers around the world
April 22 2016
About 3.2 billion people - almost half the world's population - are at risk of malaria. For World Malaria Day 2016 the World Health
April 25 2016
During World Immunization Week the World Health Organization urges people around the world to take action to “Close the Immunization Gap.”
April 30 2016
Sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) are on the rise for the first time since 2006. Each year an estimated 357 million new infections occur. The
May 5 2016
Summer is almost here. The season promises sun, fun — and alarmingly this year, the Zika virus.
May 11 2016
WiRED International’s board and volunteers wish to thank the VMware Foundation for its recent generous donation in honor of an employee (who wishes to
May 12 2016
Do you know the range for healthy blood pressure? Do you know the signs of stroke? The month of May is a good time
May 17 2016
When recently asked about hepatitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesperson Jonathan Mermin, M.D., said: "Why are so many Americans dying
May 24 2016
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Clean Air Month, reminding us that we’re entering the season where many people become vulnerable
May 29 2016
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common heart disease in children and young adults in developing countries. WiRED has updated its RHD module
May 31 2016
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization began this global observance in 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with
June 3 2016
A recent Washington Post article cited a report stating that, for the first time, researchers have found a person carrying bacteria which is resistant
June 8 2016
WiRED International is pleased to welcome Erin Baker, Ph.D., and Sameer Verma, Ph.D., to its Governing Board.
June 11 2016
According to the World Heart Federation, rheumatic heart disease (RHD) currently affects an estimated 15.6 million people, causing more than 233,000 deaths each year.
June 13 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated June 14 as World Blood Donor Day. This year’s theme is “Blood connects us all.” The campaign
June 19 2016
The Zika virus is no longer a phenomenon found just in America’s Southern Hemisphere. On June 15 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 23 2016
Twenty-three-year-old Ochieng Wilbertforce lives in Obunga, one of the world’s poorest slums in the northwest part of Kisumu, Kenya. One day a friend told
June 30 2016
This June WiRED International Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D., and WiRED Armenia Director Sebouh Baghdoyan spent a busy week visiting facilities and attending meetings in
July 7 2016
The Zika virus continues to produce an ever-increasing number of unwelcome surprises for the global health community. A recent Scientific American article cites possible
July 11 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an emergency-driven campaign to vaccinate people in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda
July 17 2016
WiRED International is pleased to announce the translation into Spanish of its rheumatic heart disease (RHD) animation video. A Portuguese version will be available
July 24 2016
The Zika virus headlines the news today, but dengue fever is viewed by many as a greater threat to the global population. The overall
July 27 2016
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. According to a recent study, viral hepatitis is now a leading cause of death worldwide, killing as many
July 29 2016
A recent HealthDay article reports that a study of 27,000 people from around the world found that the majority of strokes are preventable. Further,
August 1 2016
August is National Immunization Awareness Month - a reminder to make sure that everyone is up to date on inoculations. Vaccines don't protect just
August 4 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to deliver travel alerts about the Zika virus amid concerns over blood supply safety and
August 13 2016
In an isolated area of the Peruvian Amazon, WiRED International just inaugurated what it believes to be the first electronic medical record (EMR) system
August 16 2016
WiRED International applauds animal lovers and pet owners everywhere, and we join our readers in looking out for the good health and safety of
August 17 2016
This August Ms. Susanna Stepanyan, a student of the dentistry faculty of the Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, gave a presentation on dental hygiene
August 22 2016
In response to the global rise in mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and malaria, WiRED International has created a mosquito Webpage that brings together
August 25 2016
In 1961 Venezuela was the first country in the world to be labelled malaria free by the World Health Organization. Now malaria is back
August 28 2016
While in Peru for a recent trip, WiRED International Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D., interviewed Juan Victor Florez Zamora, M.D., who served as a clinician
September 3 2016
Good nutrition ensures a healthy body and protects it from disease. WiRED International just released a Nutrition for Adults module. WiRED will soon update
September 9 2016
The pancreas is a gland only six inches long, but its functions are vital to the human body. It produces fluids and hormones that
September 11 2016
Alice Olwino is a nurse who works at the KUAP Pandipieri Center in Kisumu, one of the poorest and most underserved areas of Kenya.
September 16 2016
WiRED International now offers an Arabic translation of its Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) module, which was developed to train teachers to recognize the disease.
October 2 2016
The World Health Organization estimates that the number of annual cancer cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million within the next two
October 10 2016
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, outbreaks of cholera have added to the rising death toll in Haiti, where people need crucial health information
October 14 2016
It is time to get vaccinated for the 2016-2017 flu season. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease, which is easily spread, and which causes
October 18 2016
In 2002 a Kenyan named John Oduor Wanjir attended a WiRED International training in Mombasa, where WiRED International Director Dr. Gary Selnow taught a
October 18 2016
“I, John Oduor, come from a vulnerable background and live with a disability. [John has a nonfunctioning arm.] I saw my mother die from
October 19 2016
Over the years people have sustained WiRED by giving time, talent and money. This September WiRED Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D., traveled to Kenya with
October 19 2016
Antibiotics are failing. World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, M.D., said in a September address to the United Nations, “Antimicrobial resistance is a global
October 26 2016
Recent WiRED International stories about John Oduor Wanjir and his project using WiRED training materials in Kenya prisons have generated an enormous response of
October 27 2016
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the world’s number one killer, causes the deaths of 17.5 million people each year. In response, WiRED International updated its Heart Diseases
November 11 2016
WiRED International's Certificate Program continues to attract community members in Kisumu, Kenya. Recently, 62 people earned certificates for completing modules from WiRED's Health Learning
November 16 2016
The history of poliomyelitis, or polio, proves the life-saving value of vaccination. Throughout the first half of the 20th century polio paralyzed hundreds of
November 27 2016
This year, WiRED International celebrated its 19th anniversary of bringing life-saving medical and health information at no charge to people in underserved communities around
December 1 2016
December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines for self-testing. Despite real progress in stopping
December 5 2016
WiRED-Armenia recently organized a series of presentations in Sisyan, Armenia, where it presented training sessions on a variety of topics—including diabetes, dental hygiene and
December 8 2016
National Influenza Vaccination Week spotlights the importance of influenza (flu) vaccination. The flu can cause severe illness or death and can strike people at
December 11 2016
Daniel Odhiambo Ogolollo is a 16-year-old Kenyan whose favorite game is soccer and whose dream is to be an accountant. Since 2013 he has
December 16 2016
The WiRED International team chalked up a number of accomplishments in 2016 to advance global health education, as we prepared for the organization’s 20th
December 29 2016
A medical trial led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has resulted in an effective Ebola vaccine. In the trial the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine protected all 5,837 recipients in