WiRED Launches Prevention Education Program on Ebola in East Africa
Preparing people—helping them understand prevention—can be key in combating any epidemic. WiRED International and our partners pledge to stay ahead of the curve by training people in unaffected areas of Africa in advance of any Ebola intrusion.
Familiarizing people in all communities—from small villages to urban districts—will help prevent the spread of Ebola. The key to stopping rapid spread of the illness is to teach populations how to ready themselves and their families to avoid contracting the illness. West Africa was wholly unprepared for Ebola, and efforts to contain and treat the virus have superseded prevention. Now is the time to educate communities in the rest of Africa BEFORE Ebola can strike. Read more »
Report from the Field: Liberia amidst Ebola Epidemic
WiRED partners with Caritas Internationalis in the distribution of health training programs globally. Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Head of the Caritas Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva
and Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS and Health, recently visited Monrovia, Liberia and blogged about his early impressions of the impact of Ebola.
On my present visit to Liberia, I found a “different Africa.” From the moment that our plane touched down at the Monrovia airport, we were confronted with buckets of bleach water with which to wash our hands and with people armed with “gun thermometers” to take our temperatures before we could even step into the terminal building.
Perhaps the most striking difference from my other visits to Africa was found in the “no touch” policy. Africans usually are warm and physical in expressing welcome—they usually offer hearty handshakes. Now, in the Ebola-affected countries, everyone seems uncomfortable as a result of the need to avoid physical contact in order to prevent further spread of this virus.
Read Msgr. Vitillo's full account.
WiRED Completes Upgrades to Community Health Outreach Program
WiRED International announces the culmination of a three-year effort to develop a comprehensive training program that offers expertly written, peer-reviewed training material free of charge for all people in underserved regions.
WiRED has tested and enhanced the process of identifying topics, creation and review of modules and their distribution. Further, we have shifted our primary method of releasing programs into communities. We moved away from setting up banks of computers in centers to a group outreach model where “presenters” take the training modules to schools, churches, community centers and other meeting places. Read more »
||Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
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