Who We Are
WiRED has set up nearly 100 health information centers in 12 countries on four continents. Providing equipment, coordination, and contacts, we offer vital medical information to communities coping with the challenges of war, poverty, and dislocation. Within a single day, WiRED can convert an empty room into a technology hub with global reach – some places so remote we must use solar panels to power the equipment we provide.
For example, arriving on the heels of the first American troops in Iraq in 2003, WiRED techs installed e-libraries almost overnight. Information-starved physicians flocked to these centers, eager to enhance their medical knowledge to save lives. Since then, WiRED has installed 39 centers in Iraq.
But WiRED does much more than deliver information. Through high-tech telemedicine connections, we help provide long-distance bonds – linking the world's neediest doctors with the world's best trained and equipped medical professionals. Together, they talk medicine, discuss cases, and create solutions.
To help meet goals like these, WiRED coordinated formation of the International Telemedicine Network (ITN), a consortium of 13 leading research centers, medical schools, technology nonprofits, and global non-governmental organizations. The ITN delivers continuing medical education programs and patient consultations using IT tools such as electronic libraries, digital video lectures, and live seminars.
At the grassroots level, WiRED uses innovative approaches to reach people. For example, more than a million Kenyans have seen and heard HIV/AIDS prevention messages in remote locations thanks to WiRED.