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December 2019: Malnutrition is a World Health Crisis

To most of us, the holiday season brings plenty of good food — and too often too much of it. While obesity is growing all over the world, millions of people, especially children, in low-resource areas suffer from hunger all year round. Read more »

 

 

December 2019: December 1 is World AIDS Day

The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference.” The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that communities of people living with HIV and community health workers play a key role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which is on WHO’s list of the 10 threats to global health. Read more »

 

 

November 2019: Happy Thanksgiving from WiRED International

WiRED International’s board and volunteers wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. This is an American holiday, begun nearly 400 years ago, when immigrants and indigenous people joined in a harvest celebration. Since then, each November, we have embraced the spirit of sharing. While we give thanks for the blessings in our lives, we also remember the people in need who live in our own communities and around the world. Read more »

 

 

November 2019: Healthy Practices Benefit Pregnant Women

An expectant mother’s health determines the health of her baby. In low-resource areas of the world, women receive too little information and scant professional attention about healthy practices during their pregnancies. Read more »

 

 

November 2019: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health
Why Are We Making Matters Worse?

This time last year, I wrote an editorial describing the wildfires burning north of San Francisco, where many WiRED volunteers and board members live. Because of air pollution, we were holed up in our homes, able to venture outside only for chores and obligations we could not avoid. This year the fires have returned, and so has the air pollution, although the air isn’t as foul as it was last year. This year’s new disaster-related feature was the preemptive electricity outages, where power companies plunged 2.7 million people into darkness. Of course, neither the pollution nor the blackouts approach the horrors of the

fires themselves and the losses to people who suffered through those infernos. Ultimately, the fires directly and indirectly, through air pollution and power outages, impact human health, and that’s where we at WiRED take particular notice. Read more »

 

 

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 »

 

 

 

 

 

Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
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