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December 2018: The Secret to Better Health: Wash Your Hands!

What is a principal line of defense against many infectious diseases? Yes, that’s right — handwashing — the key to the prevention of the common cold, the flu and many more infections.

 

Handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs (bacteria, parasites and viruses) to avoid getting sick and to prevent the spread of germs to other people. Read more »

 

 

December 2018: WiRED Releases Health Learning Module on Diarrhea in Children

Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day — more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

 

WiRED International’s Diarrhea in Children Module describes the condition in children, its causes, symptoms, complications, treatment and prevention; dangers and risks of dying; chronic diarrhea; and the importance of dietary therapy beginning with breastfeeding. Read more »

 

 

December 2018: WiRED Marks World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day, this year commemorating the observance’s 30th anniversary.

 

This year’s theme is “Know Your Status.” Today, only three in four people living with HIV know their status — that they are HIV positive — according to a UNAIDS report.

 

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November 2018: WiRED Observes National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month — a time to spread the word about diabetes.

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 422 million adults have diabetes, and 1.6 million deaths are directly related to diabetes every year. WiRED International offers 17 modules on the disease in its Diabetes Series. This series describes type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and the various complications and consequences of the illness on the body. Read more »

 

 

On #GivingTuesday, November 27: We invite you to join us in global health education

Here's a great opportunity to support health education in low-resource regions.

 

This is WiRED’s 21st year of providing community health education to underserved populations around the world. We deliver more than 400 health topics that people can study online or download to their laptops and tablets, and we never charge a cent for any of our training material. Read more »

 

 

November 2018: Happy Thanksgiving from WiRED International

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 Pilgrims, have embraced and enriched with their own cultures throughout our history. Read more »

 

 

November 2018: Climate Change, Pollution and Health

Many of WiRED’s board members, staff and volunteers live in California, and, as I write this essay, we are holed up in our homes, able to venture outside only for chores and obligations we cannot avoid. When I worked in Iraq and stayed in safe-houses, it was sometimes the same. Dangers outside kept us inside. In Iraq, the dangers came from gunfire. In California these days, it’s toxic air, the result of wildfires consuming large swaths of land in the north and in the south of the state. Read more »

 

 

November 2018: WiRED Develops Custom Electronic Medical Record Software for Kenya

WiRED International is pleased to announce the launch of an electronic medical record (EMR) system at the KUAP-Pandipieri Clinic in Kisumu, Kenya.

 

EMRs, which are rare in low-resource environments, replace paper records that are cumbersome, vulnerable to loss, and difficult to maintain. Moreover, electronic records allow instant access to a patient’s medical history, improving a clinician’s capacity to provide proper treatment. Read more »

 

 

November 2018: Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day WiRED International would like to recognize members of our board who served their country in uniform and now donate volunteer time to help our organization as we provide health information to underserved regions around the world. Their efforts contribute significantly to WiRED’s health diplomacy programs and, therefore, to the American image abroad, at a particularly important time. 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.