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November 2019: Air Pollution and Climate Change

The World Health Organization (WHO) placed air pollution and climate change at the top of its list of ten threats to global health in 2019 — even ahead of such concerns as noncommunicable diseases and Ebola. Read more »



November 2019: WiRED-Armenia’s Programs Continue to Grow

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 communities throughout the country. Read more »



November 2019: November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month — a time to learn 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 health learning 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 »



October 2019: Healthy Environment and Healthy Animals = Healthy People

Disasters such as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and violent storms can cause great harm. These kinds of events underline the importance of a One Health perspective — the critical link among humans, animals and the environment that we all share. Read more »



October 2019: WiRED Salutes Dr. Ara Nahabedian

Thanks to its dedicated translators, WiRED International now offers 19 health education modules in the Armenian language on topics of pressing concern in Armenia such as diabetes, dental hygiene and quitting tobacco. Dozens more modules are in the works or planned for the near future, many related to WiRED’s large community health worker training project. Read more »



October 2019: Climate Change and Our Young People

The New York Times recently ran a piece called “One Thing You Can Do: Talk to Your Children about Climate Change.” The article encouraged parents not only to talk to their children but to get them involved in solutions to the dangers of climate change.


I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, in a family where dialogue between generations was encouraged from infancy. I was a senior in high school when the first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. My school cancelled all classes. Instead, we spent the day in workshops, “teach-ins,” designed to raise awareness about the need to protect our environment. Read more »



October 2019: WiRED Marks Global Handwashing Day on October 15

What is the first line of defense against almost all infectious diseases? Yes, that’s right — handwashing. Handwashing is key to the prevention of everything from the common cold to Ebola.


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 »



October 2019: The 2019-2020 Flu Season is Here

Are you ready for flu season? The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.


Influenza or flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by several viruses. Flu resembles the common cold because it infects the same organs (nose, throat, lungs) and has similar symptoms. It can cause mild to severe illness and even death. High-risk groups, which are especially vulnerable to complications from the flu, are children younger than two years, adults 65 and older, pregnant women or people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease. Read more »



October 2019: WiRED Celebrates 22nd Anniversary

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 to pursue that ambitious goal, we embraced emerging technologies that would make it possible for us to teach people about good health. Although it wasn’t until years later that we adopted the catchphrase, we always subscribed to the belief that “community health begins with knowledge.” 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.