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WiRED News Timeline, 2019

January 3 2019
WiRED International staff writer Olivia Spirito talked with Bernice Born about volunteering for WiRED. Bernice serves as WiRED’s longtime website editor and applies her
January 8 2019
The Ebola virus returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August 2018. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) and the DR Congo’s
January 13 2019
Life on the planet is remarkably interconnected; humans, animals, we might even add plants, interact in delicate, mutually dependent associations. Presiding over all living
January 18 2019
Giving birth can be stressful as well as joyful. Knowing what to expect can help make the experience of having a baby a calmer,
January 26 2019
On January 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of ten threats (see sidebar) impacting global health, which WHO and its partners
February 1 2019
A measles outbreak this week in Oregon quickly spread to Washington State where the governor there declared a state of emergency due to the
February 3 2019
World Cancer Day occurs on February 4th of each year. This year’s theme is: “I AM one person AND I WILL help create a
February 5 2019
Diagnostic tools help identify what ails patients and what keeps them healthy. WiRED International now offers an Essential Diagnostic Tools Module, based on World
February 10 2019
February is American Heart Month, and the National Institutes of Health is promoting this year’s slogan, “Our Hearts.” This theme encourages people to make
February 17 2019
Thadeus Oduor Okello and Martha Mwikali are two community health workers (CHWs) serving vulnerable populations in Kisumu, located in Western Kenya, near Lake Victoria,
February 24 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) named noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) near the top of its list of ten threats to global health in 2019 —
March 1 2019
I am an employee and volunteer with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. As the marine mammal hospital with the world’s largest number
March 5 2019
Emergency medical treatment in health crises and natural disasters makes headlines. Disease prevention and health promotion often go unnoticed in the media and so
March 9 2019
No one knows exactly what triggers autoimmune diseases, but they occur when there are problems with the immune system’s reactions in the body. The
March 13 2019
My name is Olivia Spirito. I am presently a senior in high school, and I am a volunteer at WiRED. I believe that climate
March 17 2019
West Africa was wholly unprepared for the Ebola outbreak in 2014. To help prevent such infections and other health problems, WiRED International is developing
March 20 2019
The end of March marks two health observance days: World Oral Health Day on March 20 and World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.
March 24 2019
We read often about countries in low-resource regions facing a life-threatening shortage of clean drinking water. People die of dehydration, contract water-borne diseases and
March 28 2019
The Ebola crisis continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo amidst attacks on health treatment centers from armed insurgents and from frightened
April 2 2019
The American Public Health Association (APHA) created National Public Health Week to promote important public health ideas, contributions and issues. This year, APHA will
April 7 2019
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act,
April 12 2019
Risper Adhiambo recently earned WiRED International’s Faye Cohen Certificate for Mother and Child Health (M&CH). Ms. Adhiambo lives in Kisumu, located in Western Kenya,
April 22 2019
In the past year, WiRED International has posted a half-dozen Web stories about the environment and climate change. We raise the subject in editorials,
April 26 2019
As regular readers know, WiRED’s writers keep watch for official health observances to elevate key issues that promote healthy living and disease awareness. As
April 30 2019
WiRED International just released a module on understanding noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), written especially as a guide for community health workers (CHWs). What are NCDs?
May 5 2019
Ever since Dr. Edward Jenner invented a vaccine for smallpox in 1796, vaccination against numerous viruses has saved countless lives. Measles ought to be
May 13 2019
WiRED International’s goal is to help educate communities on health issues relevant to their daily lives. WiRED’s 400+ health learning modules can be essential
May 19 2019
Good health starts with knowledge applied in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities. What are good health practices, and how can we promote
May 28 2019
The 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA72) took place this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference’s main function is to determine the
May 31 2019
Smoking tobacco affects every organ in the human body and causes or contributes to many chronic and fatal illnesses such as cancer, stroke and
June 2 2019
Although rheumatic heart disease or RHD is completely preventable, it affects 33 million people globally, two-thirds of them children in the world’s most underserved
June 9 2019
Volunteering is a selfless act that helps not only people in need but also yourself. In high school, students are encouraged to volunteer for
June 13 2019
This June the WiRED International team completed a busy and productive work agenda in Armenia in order to provide continued support for community health
June 18 2019
Dengue fever threatens nearly half of the world’s population, but it will likely get much worse. The New York Times reports on a recent
June 21 2019
In March 2018 WiRED International launched its Health Module Access Program (HealthMAP). This innovative technology opened up access to WiRED’s materials for millions more
June 26 2019
WiRED International and Armenian Caritas recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work jointly to host health training programs throughout underserved communities in
July 3 2019
It is July. To most people in the northern hemisphere, summer means vacations, extra hours of light in the evening, swimming and other outdoor
July 8 2019
WiRED International is pleased to announce the receipt of a memorandum of understanding from the Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of Health.
July 16 2019
Lency Mmbone is a 24-year-old community health worker (CHW) who lives and works in Obunga, one of the poorest areas of Kisumu in western
July 21 2019
On July 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that the year-old Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the
July 24 2019
WiRED International is pleased to announce Mark D. Kelleher’s election to its board of directors. Mr. Kelleher said, “I’m delighted to join the WiRED
July 28 2019
An eruption of dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in Honduras. Health officials there have declared the crisis a national emergency. According to CNN,
July 31 2019
The WiRED International Governing Board has elected Charlotte Keegan Ferretti, R.N., Ed.D., as its new board chair, effective August 1, 2019. She replaces Anthony
August 6 2019
The World Health Organization states that a strong health force is needed to deliver primary health care to people living in low-resource areas of
August 10 2019
On August 8 the United Nations released an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report by 107 experts from 52 countries, which warns that
August 16 2019
1. What are Health Learning Modules? They are interactive learning courses that teach people without medical backgrounds about health and medical issues. These evidence-based
August 22 2019
Chronic diseases impact the way we live our lives every day. Many people do not believe that chronic diseases — such as heart disease,
September 3 2019
Any infection can lead to sepsis — a life-threatening emergency — yet few people know what it is. Sepsis is a complication of infection
September 6 2019
Ideally, doctors and nurses belong on the scene in any medical emergency. However, in underserved areas of the world, the burden of care more
September 10 2019
Proper nutrition from infancy throughout adulthood is key not only to survival but to lifelong health and well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) just
September 17 2019
Women in low-resource areas are particularly vulnerable to complications during pregnancy and to postpartum hemorrhage. Timely and appropriate management can prevent suffering and loss,
September 20 2019
“Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” So say the world’s youth as they stage
September 24 2019
In 2003 a 22-year-old George Orlale started work as a security guard at Kisumu Urban Apostolate Programmes (KUAP) Pandipieri Center in Kisumu, Kenya. Today
September 30 2019
WiRED is nearing completion of an extensive curriculum to train community health workers (CHWs) in low-resource regions around the world. Kisumu is one of
October 2 2019
In 1997, WiRED International formed around the idea of improving the health of people living in the world’s most underserved communities. To enable us
October 8 2019
Are you ready for flu season? The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Influenza or flu is a contagious
October 13 2019
What is the first line of defense against almost all infectious diseases? Yes, that’s right — handwashing. Handwashing is key to the prevention of
October 16 2019
The New York Times recently ran a piece called “One Thing You Can Do: Talk to Your Children about Climate Change.” The article encouraged
October 24 2019
Thanks to its dedicated translators, WiRED International now offers 19 health education modules in the Armenian language on topics of pressing concern in Armenia
October 29 2019
Disasters such as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and violent storms can cause great harm. These kinds of events underline the importance of a
November 2 2019
November is National Diabetes Month — a time to learn about diabetes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 422 million adults have diabetes,
November 9 2019
Last month the WiRED–Armenia team conducted a training in Yerevan, Armenia, for members joining the program and establishing new health centers in their respective
November 17 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) placed air pollution and climate change at the top of its list of ten threats to global health in
November 20 2019
This time last year, I wrote an editorial describing the wildfires burning north of San Francisco, where many WiRED volunteers and board members live.
November 25 2019
An expectant mother’s health determines the health of her baby. In low-resource areas of the world, women receive too little information and scant professional
November 27 2019
This holiday WiRED International wishes to express our gratitude to our tireless volunteers and partners in the U.S. and abroad. Your support helps us
December 1 2019
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference.” The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that communities of people living
December 3 2019
To most of us, the holiday season brings plenty of good food — and too often too much of it. While obesity is growing
December 11 2019
On December 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Climate and Health Alliance assembled a one-day Global Climate and Health Summit in
December 17 2019
The holiday season is here — but so are the germs that bring colds, coughs and flu.
December 21 2019
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 28 2019
WiRED International’s staff, volunteers and board celebrate the end of our 22nd year of providing free community health education in low-resource regions of the
December 30 2019
Happy New Year and welcome to our new website! WiRED’s new look and content present a graphic and easy-to-navigate description of what we do,