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WiRED News Timeline, 2017

January 1 2017
All of us at WiRED International would like to offer our friends best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable 2017. With your input and
January 3 2017
WiRED International started operations in 1997 by providing Internet connections in war-ravaged towns throughout the former Yugoslavia. We now begin our 20th year and
January 6 2017
According to HealthDay, a new study finds that people with mental health issues rank their pets as their number one support — above family,
January 10 2017
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The World Health Organization reports that an estimated one million-plus women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer.
January 14 2017
Climate change shapes the social and environmental determinants of health, which are clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Developing countries
January 21 2017
Two computer technicians and I rode in a small van headed down a dark rutted road in far eastern Croatia. We had worked a
January 25 2017
Vaccines are on the front pages of the news. An Ebola vaccine proved to be 100% effective in a recent medical trial. The search
January 30 2017
Winter brings seasonal increases in strep throat, a bacterial infection which can lead to rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and even death. Although
February 3 2017
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, where about one in four people die
February 8 2017
WiRED International is pleased to offer a health learning module on airborne diseases, as part of WiRED’s upcoming Infectious Disease series. WiRED’s Airborne Disease
February 13 2017
Merceline Achieng is a teenage girl who lives in Kisumu, Kenya, and attends St. Theresa’s Girls Secondary School. She recently joined the Kisumu Urban
February 19 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that each year 303,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth; there are 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.7 million
February 25 2017
By unanimous vote, the Western Psychological Association (WPA) recently granted its 2017 Social Responsibility Award to William Crano, Ph.D., a member of WiRED’s Advisory
March 3 2017
Every year billions of people experience a foodborne disease (FBD) without ever knowing that their illness was caused by food. WiRED International now offers
March 9 2017
In 1999, not long after the end of NATO’s aerial bombing of Serbia, the U.S. State Department asked me to join a team that
March 15 2017
A March 2017 study reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that American women affected by the Zika virus were
March 19 2017
Two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that every year Earth’s polluted environment accounts for 26% of deaths of children under
March 26 2017
A yellow fever outbreak in Brazil could spread to the U.S., according to a recent article in The Washington Post. Health officials fear the
March 30 2017
We left the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offices in Pristina, Kosovo, early on a summer morning in 2000, allowing plenty of time to
April 4 2017
2017 marks WiRED International’s 20th year of providing medical and health education to low-resource regions all over the world. WiRED has created a web
April 10 2017
Thanks to its dedicated translators, WiRED International’s Health Learning Center now offers 15 health education modules in the Armenian language on topics of pressing
April 15 2017
WiRED International announces the launch of a training module on vector-borne diseases in its Health Learning Center. The module is part of WiRED’s Infectious
April 21 2017
At WiRED International, we believe in science. All of our medical and health education modules are grounded in evidence-based science. Our recommendations for vaccinations,
April 24 2017
On April 22, millions of people all over the world celebrated the twin events of Earth Day and March for Science Day, to be
April 27 2017
WiRED International just released a training module on women’s labor and delivery as part of its upcoming Health Learning Center series on maternal and
May 2 2017
In the late 1990s, HIV/AIDS continued to frighten and mystify. It lashed out at populations around the world, but it hit communities in Africa
May 6 2017
Aaron Masiga works as a nurse’s aide at a government health center in Kisumu, Kenya. When he was a teenager, he first learned about
May 12 2017
Where would global health care be without nurses? May 6–12 is National Nurses Week, which the American Nurses Association has designated as the “Year
May 15 2017
WiRED International honors David S. Alberts, M.D., upon his retirement. Dr. Alberts is a Regents Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Nutritional Science and Public Health
May 20 2017
More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totaling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from the
May 27 2017
Summer is here. You are planning a vacation abroad. Do you have the information you need in order to travel safely? Today you can
May 30 2017
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. This year the World Health Organization’s theme is “Tobacco — a threat to development.” The campaign underlines
June 1 2017
The announcement that the United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement is unsettling and distressing, but it cannot be defeating for
June 5 2017
WiRED International plans to launch its Infectious Disease Program in early July. The program’s purpose is to prepare communities to respond to infectious diseases
June 9 2017
Early in 2003 WiRED International launched a Medical Information Center (MIC) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nairobi. U.S. Ambassador to
June 15 2017
Yemen is in the grip of an unprecedented cholera epidemic that is killing one person nearly every hour, according to a recent ABC news
June 21 2017
WiRED International invites you to explore a timeline in celebration of its 20th year of operation. Visit WiRED's history from its beginning in the
June 26 2017
Is life healthier with a pet? Animals are doing more every day to improve human health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and
June 29 2017
Most women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, but sometimes complications arise. Although many pregnant women with hypertension do not experience serious problems, the
July 6 2017
May 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq — Some people are blessed and can sleep through anything. As luck would have it,
July 14 2017
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D., took office this July as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He succeeds Margaret Chan, M.D., WHO’s director since
July 17 2017
Have you noticed the new banner on the home page of WiRED International’s website? Now you can connect to WiRED’s Health Learning Center website
July 23 2017
WiRED International expanded its work with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Leon, by training medical students both onsite and in the field this
July 30 2017
Before leaving Iraq after my first visit, I frantically searched computer shops in Baghdad to find hardware for the MIC we would install at
August 4 2017
Two years ago, WiRED’s team of medical writers and computer experts began an adventurous project to train communities how to prepare for the onset
August 10 2017
Coffee. Love it or hate it? Is it good or bad for your health? August is National Coffee Month, and the good news is
August 17 2017
WiRED International announces the release of a Dysentery Module as part of its Community Preparedness for Infectious Disease Outbreaks project. The Dysentery Module joins
August 20 2017
What is the deadliest of all animal families in the world? It isn’t the great white shark, or the massive grizzly bear or the
August 22 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year 21 million cases of typhoid fever are diagnosed, and 222,000 deaths are caused by typhoid
August 27 2017
The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called … One Health? The
September 3 2017
Cholera in Yemen today … and in Texas tomorrow? The catastrophic flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey has caused death, destruction and displacement. The
September 8 2017
WiRED provided medical and health education programs in Iraq from spring 2003 to late 2009. As the two prior stories in this history series
September 14 2017
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a complication of infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. The condition constitutes
September 22 2017
Double the number, multiply the benefit for community health! This year WiRED International celebrated a 130-member class that graduated from its Certificate Program in
September 29 2017
WiRED International is pleased to announce that WiRED-Armenia conducted its first ever televised health training session in Gavar, Armenia.
October 6 2017
Flu season is here. WiRED International urges everyone to get vaccinated. Influenza or flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by several viruses. Flu
October 11 2017
It’s a custom in many countries for religious leaders to bless new facilities, such as new offices, schools and community programs. In Nicaragua, a
October 17 2017
One in 20 pregnant women develops gestational diabetes, most commonly between 24-28 weeks. This type of diabetes typically goes away after the mother gives
October 25 2017
WiRED International celebrated its 20th year of operation last week at a reception at San Francisco State University. At the event, WiRED Board member
October 26 2017
What is leptospirosis and why is it emerging in Puerto Rico? Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonosis, a disease that affects both humans and animals.
October 31 2017
WiRED International presented Sr. Bernadette Nealon and Lillian Dajoh with the Health Education Champion Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Community Health Education Program
November 3 2017
November 3 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) One Health Day. One Health recognizes that human health is connected to the
November 6 2017
WiRED has been providing health education for 20 years, and this seems like a good time to offer a concise description of our history,
November 11 2017
All of us at WiRED International would like to tip our hats to America’s veterans today. Nine of WiRED’s board members are veterans. Their
November 13 2017
After the Thanksgiving holiday is over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday arrive. This bargain shopping weekend, not only can you buy products for incredible
November 14 2017
November is National Diabetes Month, and November 14 is World Diabetes day. This year’s theme focuses on “Women and Diabetes — Our Right to
November 22 2017
WiRED International's board and volunteers wish you a happy and travel-safe Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but one that immigrants, starting with the
November 24 2017
For all the obvious reasons, the toughest audience to attract to health education is young men. They don’t see themselves ever getting sick, they
November 27 2017
Here's a great opportunity to support health education in low-resource regions. This is WiRED’s 20th year of providing community health education to under-served populations
November 29 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that around 36.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. December 1 is World AIDS day, and the slogan
December 2 2017
All of us at WiRED International would like to wish happy holidays to the many people who have become part of our family since
December 3 2017
The Armenian countryside is breathtakingly beautiful. The lush, green fields in the mountainous northeast are deeply creased and laced with rutted paths etched by
December 9 2017
All parents-to-be want to have a healthy child. A healthy baby is the result of a process that begins long before a woman becomes
December 16 2017
WiRED International is excited to announce the release of its 20th anniversary video. Watch as WiRED’s mission and history come to life in this
December 19 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, we ask that you consider a donation to WiRED International as part of your year-end philanthropy. Because we
December 27 2017
The WiRED International team celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and chalked up a number of accomplishments it made to advance the life-saving health