WiRED CHE Center Continues to Draw
Kenyans in Need
WiRED International's Community Health Education (CHE) Center in Kisumu, western Kenya, attracts both medical students and members of underserved communities to programs that improve people’s health outcomes.
Lillian Dajoh, WiRED’s coordinator in the Kisumu CHE center says, “The outreach targets medical personnel, primary care givers and children in and out of school. To some clients, it is their only gateway to health information.” Read more »
WiRED Rushes to Translate Module on Ebola Virus Disease into French as Outbreak Worsens in West Africa
According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the largest Ebola outbreak on record has claimed 603 lives in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO is monitoring the unfolding crisis closely as new cases and high levels of transmission only increase.
Following the start of the epidemic, WiRED International completed a rapid response module on Ebola. Now that the virus continues to spread unabated, WiRED, working with Translators Without Borders, has rushed to translate its Ebola module into French, the official language in the affected areas of West Africa. The deadly virus, transmitted from animals to humans, produces a fever and severe bleeding and is usually fatal. There is no vaccine or cure. WiRED created the training module on Ebola after recognizing the urgent need to educate people on the ground on what the virus is, how it’s treated, how it spreads and how to avoid it.
Ignorance of health practices and suspicion of outsiders can create fear and panic among individuals and hamper healthcare workers struggling to work in inaccessible areas without doctors and clinics. According to a news article in the Independent, a treatment center in Guinea reported being under attack by local people who accused health workers of bringing Ebola into their community. In educating underserved people to address their own medical issues, especially in an epidemic, WiRED strives to overcome the inequality of healthcare knowledge.
The Ebola module and nearly 300 others are available free of charge by accessing our Community Health Education e-library.
WiRED to Unveil E-Library Filling Station
WiRED International will soon launch a “filling station,” a vital tool for expanding the global reach of our Community Health Education (CHE) e-library to communities off the grid. WiRED’s filling station will provide file synchronization (or syncing), whereby a person’s computer can upload data from a master file—an automatic process that adds only new or changed material.
Our filling station will allow instant updating of our entire CHE e-library from any Internet access point in the world. Hospitals, clinics, schools, community health workers, Peace Corps Volunteers and others who use WiRED’s health education programs will be able to access new and updated items easily and rapidly.
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