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"We view the people themselves as the solution, not passive beneficiaries. We begin with the assumption of competence and provide educational resources that can help in the communities we're serving."


— Paraphrasing writer
David Bornstein

September 2017: WiRED Congratulates Certificate Program Graduates in Festive Ceremony in Kenya

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 Kenya — double the number of graduates from last year. In contrast, WiRED graduated just 17 people when the organization ran its first Certificate Program in 2012 at the Faye F. and Sheldon S. Cohen Community Health Information Center in Pandipieri and the Obunga Community Health Information Center, both in Kisumu, Kenya. Read more »



WiRED Launches Sepsis Module During Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a complication of infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. The condition constitutes a global healthcare problem and is the primary cause of death from infection, especially in underserved countries, despite advances in modern medicine such as vaccines, antibiotics and intensive care. Read more »



WiRED's Work in Iraq: Part #3

WiRED provided medical and health education programs in Iraq from spring 2003 to late 2009. As the two prior stories in this history series describe, we worked initially from the relative safety of the Green Zone, then from Baghdad hotels and safe houses while providing Iraqi hospitals and universities throughout the country with equipment and training software. Having few financial resources, we traveled without security details, instead remaining inconspicuous, beneath the radar of insurgents. We rode in battered cars whose windows were broken and taped; the tape obscured our identity. We had close calls, as did anyone who traveled in Iraq during the mid-2000s, witnessing the violence firsthand. We lost friends who suffered vicious and deliberate attacks because of who they were and what they were doing to help the Iraqi people. Read more »




September 2017: Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Runs Risk of Waterborne Disease Outbreak

Cholera in Yemen today … and in Texas tomorrow?


The catastrophic flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey has caused death, destruction and displacement. The storm’s aftershock has produced contaminated and stagnant water and poor sanitation, conditions ideally suited to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and typhoid fever — all caused by pathogenic microbes. As communities in Texas and Louisiana deal with the ravages of Harvey, a public health crisis threat is all too real. Read more »



August 2017: WiRED International Applauds CDC’s One Health

"The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called" … One Health?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) One Health program states that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the health of the environment. Read more »



August 2017: WiRED International Releases Improved Typhoid Fever Module

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 fever. Read more »



August 2017: WiRED International Marks World Mosquito Day

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 ferocious lion. It’s the tiny mosquito. Read more »



August 2017: WiRED Launches Dysentery Module

WiRED International announces the release of a Dysentery Module as part of its Community Preparedness for Infectious Disease Outbreaks project. The Dysentery Module joins more than 400 interactive training modules in WiRED’s Health Learning Center.


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Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
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