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March 2019: WiRED Releases Updated Module on Water Treatment

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 suffer from an extreme version of what nearly all of us have experienced at one time or another: thirst. Read more »



March 2019: WiRED International Marks Two Health Observance Days in March

The end of March marks two health observance days: World Oral Health Day on March 20 and World Tuberculosis Day on March 24. Read more »



March 2019: WiRED Launches Module on Understanding Communicable Diseases

West Africa was wholly unprepared for the Ebola outbreak in 2014. To help prevent such infections and other health problems, WiRED International is developing a Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program to prepare low-resource communities BEFORE a disease epidemic can strike.


As part of this program, WiRED now offers a two-part module for CHWs on how to understand communicable diseases, to be followed soon by the release of a module on understanding noncommunicable diseases. Read more »



March 2019: A Climate Change Perspective ... from Generation Z

My name is Olivia Spirito. I am presently a senior in high school, and I am a volunteer at WiRED. I believe that climate change is putting my generation and future generations at risk. Weather-related threats such as floods, hurricanes, droughts and forest fires will cause environments to become inhospitable. The lives of people

who survived the recent forest fires in California (November 2018), the destructive Alabama tornado (March 2019) and the current raging flood in Afghanistan have been drastically changed forever. It is my hope that I and my future family will have a chance to live comfortably without the fear of uncontrollable factors like these catastrophic events.


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March 2019: WiRED Releases Autoimmune Diseases Module

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 immune system forms a network of cells and tissues that protect the body from viruses, bacteria and infection. But sometimes, instead of defending the body from harm, the system produces autoantibodies which mistakenly attack healthy body cells, and which can lead to autoimmune diseases. These illnesses are difficult to diagnose and often are chronic and incurable. Read more »



March 2019: WiRED Marks Publication of Journal Article on Disease Prevention

Emergency medical treatment in health crises and natural disasters makes headlines. Disease prevention and health promotion often go unnoticed in the media and so largely go ignored by the public.


The Medical Journal of Southern California Clinicians recently published an article entitled “The Quiet Work of Disease Prevention,” co-written by WiRED International Director Gary Selnow, Ph.D., and WiRED Board member William Crano, Ph.D. Read more »



March 2019: Marine Mammal Illness Possibly Related to Environmental Conditions

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 of patients, the Center advances global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research and education.


The One Health concept — that the health of animals, humans and the environment are interconnected — was dramatically demonstrated to me this past fall. At that time, the Center admitted the greatest number of sea lions with leptospirosis in its 44-year history. Leptospirosis is a life-threatening, zoonotic disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria. It infects a wide spectrum of life forms, including rodents, cats, dogs, sea lions — and humans. Read more »






Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
Click here to watch the award ceremony video.