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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 »

 

 

September 2019: WiRED Team Travels to Kenya

WiRED is nearing completion of an extensive curriculum to train community health workers (CHWs) in low-resource regions around the world. Kisumu is one of four test sites where a group of 15 people will undergo a rigorous training program lasting three weeks. During a recent trip, WiRED’s team made provisions for the test. They settled on a location, worked out hardware and logistics matters, interviewed trainers and completed other arrangements for the program, which will begin early in 2020. Researchers at Claremont Graduate University will carefully examine all aspects of the program during the three-week test. After any necessary revisions, WiRED will distribute the training program globally. Read more »

 

 

September 2019: WiRED Salutes George Orlale

In 2003 a 22-year-old George Orlale started work as a security guard at Kisumu Urban Apostolate Programmes (KUAP) Pandipieri Center in Kisumu, Kenya. Today he is a proud college graduate on the road to his master’s degree in data management. Mr. Orlale works as an information technology (IT) expert at Pandipieri, where WiRED operates a Health Learning Center. Read more »

 

 

September 2019: Global Climate Strike

“Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” So say the world’s youth as they stage a week-long Global Climate Strike event September 20–27 to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. 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.