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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

October 2017: Learn About Gestational Diabetes in WiRED’s New Module

One in 20 pregnant women develops gestational diabetes, most commonly between 24-28 weeks. This type of diabetes typically goes away after the mother gives birth; however, type 2 diabetes can still develop in the mother’s and child’s future. Without prevention and treatment, gestational diabetes can affect the unborn child, who could develop macrosomia, hypoglycemia and jaundice and even have a higher chance of dying before or shortly after birth. Read more »




It’s a custom in many countries for religious leaders to bless new facilities, such as new offices, schools and community programs. In Nicaragua, a predominantly Catholic country, a priest will generally perform the ritual, which involves a prayer and maybe a brief homily before a gathering of well-wishers. And so, while WiRED remains firmly nonsectarian, ensuring its neutrality in all countries, we typically follow local customs when launching a new health education program. Read more »




October 2017: Flu Season’s Arrival Means It’s Time to Get Vaccinated

Flu season is here. WiRED International urges everyone to get vaccinated.


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. However, the flu can develop additional symptoms and become much more severe than most common colds. Read more »



September 2017: WiRED-Armenia Televises Training Program on Diabetes

WiRED International is pleased to announce that WiRED-Armenia conducted its first ever televised health training session in Gavar, Armenia. Read more »



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 »



September 2017: 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 »







Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
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