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WiRED News Timeline, 2020

January 4 2020
Imagine this: You’re taken seriously ill, have no idea what’s wrong with you, and there isn’t a doctor for 75 miles. Imagine this: You’re
January 8 2020
The good news: Major infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria are less likely to shorten or take people’s lives today due to medical
January 12 2020
Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services to people in low-resource communities where doctors are in alarmingly short supply. To
January 21 2020
Solving the climate crisis. Stopping infectious diseases. Preparing for epidemics. Training health workers. These issues and more make up the World Health Organization’s (WHO)
January 27 2020
For several weeks now, world health agencies and media outlets have been informing the public about the risks and spread of the coronavirus —
January 29 2020
In quick response to the global coronavirus crisis, WiRED International’s medical writing team has created a health learning module on the infection. The module
February 4 2020
On February 2 WiRED International – Armenia hosted a seminar on diabetes at the Tatev Tourism Information Center in the rural village of Tatev,
February 7 2020
As the spread of the new coronavirus headlines the news this month, February is also a busy month for health observances. WiRED International provides
February 11 2020
As the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to expand throughout China and the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created the following Q&A list
February 18 2020
WiRED International’s Coronavirus Module is now available in Mandarin and Spanish. How did these translations come about? Maryam Othman, M.D., M.P.H., is a WiRED
February 25 2020
The WiRED International team completed the first field test of our Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program this week in Kisumu, Kenya. More than
February 28 2020
The new coronavirus is a global threat. People hear a lot about the virus, but many still don’t understand how it is spread, treated
March 6 2020
Along with the entire global health community, WiRED International hopes that the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be contained quickly — but that may not happen.
March 11 2020
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic is now officially a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
March 13 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic grows, schools throughout the United States and all over the world are closing and making plans for long-distance learning. Contributing
March 18 2020
Two years ago, WiRED made it easy for millions of people using Mac and Windows to download our health training modules — for free.
March 26 2020
All over the world, WiRED International’s COVID-19 Module Series is providing free-access education about the virus and related topics to organizations, schools, students and
March 30 2020
Managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy task, especially when cooped up inside. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Center
April 3 2020
Adding to the mounting problems imposed by the coronavirus crisis is the stress it causes on people around the world who face the emergency
April 7 2020
People of all ages are impacted by COVID-19. One of WiRED International’s young volunteers recently interviewed six high school students (aged 16-18) to hear
April 10 2020
Letter from Sr. Bernadette in Kenya: Effects of the Coronavirus How One Community WiRED Serves Is Coping with the Global Crisis By: Allison Kozicharow;
April 18 2020
Today COVID-19 dominates the world health stage, but equally deadly neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than one billion people in many countries where
April 20 2020
"The coronavirus has crushed healthcare systems around the world. And it’s especially cruel in the poorest regions, where there are fewer than one doctor
April 21 2020
How we treat ourselves, our animals and our planet is a matter of life or death. Earth Day 2020 reminds us to address climate
April 25 2020
As governments around the world rightly focus on the growing COVID-19 outbreak, we need to be mindful of a variety of other existential threats
April 28 2020
It’s World Immunization Week. Yet, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that even before COVID-19 emerged, millions of people — particularly children- across the
May 2 2020
Due to dramatic advances in transportation, a viral outbreak that began halfway around the world now assaults our entire country. It is sickening and
May 5 2020
GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, is launching a special day of unity to take place on May 5, to address urgent needs caused by
May 7 2020
COVID-19, climate change, neglected tropical diseases, recently released health education modules and videos on our work, a new smartphone app — these are all
May 9 2020
When The World Health Organization declared 2020 “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” no one had any idea that nurses and other first
May 14 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. People are isolated at home with time on their hands. Anxiety levels are high. One
May 18 2020
WiRED International’s goal is to provide free medical and health information materials and training to low-resource communities around the world. We place all our
May 23 2020
Despite early action by the Peruvian government, COVID-19 continues to devastate the nation. Once in Lima, the virus rapidly spread to the city of
May 28 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) held the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly May 18–19 — its first-ever to be held virtually. Most
June 5 2020
The New York Times reports that while the COVID-19 pandemic is lessening in many of the countries hit early in 2020, new hot spots
June 8 2020
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic to Kisumu, Kenya, is placing a heavy burden on a population already suffering routinely from disease and lack
June 14 2020
Myths about COVID-19 continue to circulate around the Internet. Misinformation ranges from the laughable (the virus arrived from outer space!) to the dangerous (hydroxychloroquine
June 22 2020
COVID-19 has understandably preoccupied us for months, nevertheless many other critical threats have not taken a holiday. One threat — climate change — looms
July 1 2020
WiRED International staff writers Olivia and Meghan Spirito sat down with their parents, Christopher and Jennifer, during a family dinner to discuss how COVID-19
July 7 2020
COVID-19, 100-year floods, crop devastation from record waves of locusts, scant health care. Now hunger and worsening mental health are sweeping through communities across
July 19 2020
As much as we continue to learn about COVID-19, there is much we still don’t know. Government guidance can be inaccurate, indecisive and even
July 28 2020
Almost 1,400,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India, the third highest global numbers following the U.S. and Brazil. In the midst of
August 3 2020
In low-resource communities around the world, people often are unsure about basic health practices, such as proper handwashing techniques and safe food preparation, much
August 10 2020
The summer is fast coming to a close, but you can help support WIRED International into the fall and beyond by signing up for
August 13 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, when life can feel stressful and out of control, you have the power to protect yourself, your family and your
August 16 2020
Graduates of WiRED International’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program in Kisumu, Kenya, continue to play an essential role in improving the lives of
August 25 2020
Increasingly, ministries of health, nongovernmental organizations and hospitals are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to fill the gap created by the scarcity of
September 4 2020
WiRED International’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Kisumu, Kenya, continue to play an essential role in community education, providing advice on health issues as
September 7 2020
WiRED International’s board of directors and volunteers are deeply saddened by the death of Tatjana Grgich, nee Cizmic, on September 2, 2020. She passed
September 12 2020
WiRED International is pleased to announce the release of a documentary, “Community Health Begins with Knowledge.” The film, shot on location in Kisumu, Kenya,
September 23 2020
WiRED International’s board of directors and volunteers are deeply saddened by the death of George Ochien’g Orlale on September 15, 2020. Mr. Orlale has
September 26 2020
WiRED International announces a GoFundMe campaign, the launch of WiRED Instagram and the creation of a WiRED brochure. WiRED’s GoFundMe campaign — “20 for
September 28 2020
Sickle cell disease (SCD), also called sickle cell anemia, is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. WiRED International now offers this new
October 5 2020
WiRED International’s community health workers (CHWs) in Kisumu, Kenya, continue to be a beacon for their communities, providing guidance, information and support for health
October 10 2020
What gland in your body regulates breathing, heart rate, the central and peripheral nervous systems, body weight, menstrual cycles and body temperature? Oh, and
October 15 2020
WiRED International promotes community health by stressing the prevention of illness. Until there is a vaccine to help prevent coronavirus, wearing a mask or
October 21 2020
Meet Arlene Islas, Joe Marilo and Gary Wisser — the team that produced the WiRED International documentary “Community Health Begins with Knowledge.” The film
October 26 2020
Getting an influenza shot is more important than ever to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu — especially during the COVID-19
November 3 2020
WiRED International is pleased to announce that WiRED’s recent Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program in Peru was underwritten by Board member Anthony Hodge
November 10 2020
WiRED International announces the launch of our Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program in Nicaragua. The effort, part of a five-country research program, follows
November 16 2020
Thyroid disorders exist globally, but especially in countries where health care is scarce and testing is rare. In October WiRED International released a Thyroid
November 23 2020
WiRED International is pleased to welcome Violet Grgich to the WiRED Governing Board. Tatjana Grgich, Violet’s mother, director of the Tatjana Grgich Family Foundation,
November 25 2020
WiRED International’s board and volunteers wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. This American holiday is about sharing, and this year that must include
November 29 2020
Tuesday, December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year underserved communities face greater risk for HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths as the COVID-19 pandemic
December 3 2020
Meet WiRED International’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Tracking Application! Each year, after completing their training, all community health workers (CHWs) are required by WiRED
December 13 2020
In early December the Lancet called for an urgent Africa COVID-19 plan of action to protect communities where the virus is still persistently spreading.
December 19 2020
As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution rolls out in countries around the world, many of us have questions. Is it safe? Should I get it
December 23 2020
2020. The year of COVID-19. Although we at WiRED International know that the pandemic will not end soon, we are heartened by the generosity
December 28 2020
This December members of the WiRED International community contributed “lunch money” donations to the Sunshine-Mitzvah Fund in order to purchase groceries and Christmas treats
December 31 2020
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, WiRED International is pleased to have achieved many goals, especially the launch of our life-saving Community Health Worker