Stat: Congressional Funding for Zika is Welcome, but Not Enough to Protect Americans

By Kristina Adams Waldorf, Michael Gale Jr., and Lakshmi Rajagopal

Eight months after President Barack Obama requested emergency funding to support the US response to the Zika virus outbreak, Congress finally passed a $1.1 billion funding package. The funding, though welcome, is only about half of what the nation’s top health experts believe is needed to combat this new global health emergency.

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Patricia Garcia Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Patricia Garcia, minister of health of Peru, School of Public Health alum, and Affiliate Professor of Global Health was elected to the National Academy of Medicine earlier this month. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Garcia was one of nine international members elected, in addition to 70 domestic members.

Seattle Times: Cuba Rediscovered: US Students Get Free Ride in Cuban Medical School

By Ángel González

Cuba’s renowned health-care system, which flourishes despite the country’s poverty, still has lessons to teach the world, experts say. Hundreds of U.S. students have attended medical school tuition-free in Cuba, including a UW grad who plans on returning home to practice in underserved communities in Kitsap County.

Assistant Professor Paul Drain is quoted.

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Global Health Minor Alum to Compete in Decathlon at Rio Olympics

Jeremy Taiwo is one of 550 people competing this year on the U.S. Olympic team. The games get underway Friday night in Rio. Based in Seattle, and a former student of Latin American studies and global health at the University of Washington, Taiwo will be competing in the decathlon, one of the most physically challenging events of the Olympics. Athletes must perform in ten different track and field events, including running, jumping, pole vault, javelin, and discus.

UW Alum and Faculty Member Named Minister of Health for Peru

Patricia García, a faculty member in Global Health and 1998 alumna of the University of Washington School of Public Health, was named Minister of Health for Peru and sworn in on July 28.  She is former chair of the Peruvian National Institute of Health. 

Garcia trained in internal medicine, infectious disease and public health at the UW. She is actively involved in research and training on STI/HIV, global health, HPV and medical informatics.

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Standard Digital: Medic whose Academic Prowess Put Kenya on the Map

By Brigid Chemweno

NAIROBI: When Dr Peter Cherutich was awarded the 2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Washington School of Public Health, he put Kenya on the map for his academic prowess and received a standing ovation after delivering his acceptance speech.

The Deputy Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health was undertaking the Doctoral Programme in Global Health: Metrics and Implementation Science at the US based university and he emerged as the sole recipient of the doctorate degree.

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International Day of the Girl, Oct. 11th - Spotlight on Girls in Rwanda

In honor of International Day of the Girl, we're spotlighting the stories of girls in Rwanda, as told by them through digital storytelling.  The girls' digital stories are now available online, this one features Agnes and her story of caring for her siblings and starting a small business.  After Agnes' father died, her mother had trouble caring for her and her four siblings.  View her digital story

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