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0 Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business holds its Global Social Enterprise Competition aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs to find business solutions for the problems of poor countries. Last year’s winners were focused on finding a better toilet, an MIT business venture called Sanergy that has since…

3 Students ask: Can you save the world?

Hundreds of students at the University of Washington packed into a classroom Monday evening for a panel discussion entitled, “Can You Save the World?” Sponsored by a new student-run organization called the Critical Development Forum, it was an acknowledged riff on an earlier event we (KPLU Humanosphere) sponsored at Seattle…

0 PRI’s Joanne Silberner on Mental illness in Uganda

Health journalist Joanne Silberner, former health policy correspondent based at NPR’s flagship in DC and now (lucky for us) based here in Seattle at the University of Washington, has done an excellent report on the lack of mental illness care in Uganda for PRI’s The World. I’ve done a few…

0 Seattle Times on local global health – “something huge”

In Monday’s Seattle Times, Sandi Doughton reports that “something huge” is happening here. Global health. (Yes, it’s huge here — which is why we’re holding a forum on it tomorrow night at Seattle Town Hall. See that box over to the right there, with the Space Needle? Please come and…

4 Five Millennials on global health

Global health is a big deal in Seattle. As a matter of worldwide significance, it is of course a big deal everywhere — by definition. But what I mean is that global health is today the cause célèbre for Seattle and throughout the region. It’s especially popular among the Millennials.…

1 Global health trivia night

What parasitic disease is caused by the bite of a female sandfly? Where do 15-year-old boys have a better chance of reaching age 60, Peru or the US? What percentage of the world’s poorest 1.3 billion people are women? What percentage of the world’s medical research budget is spent on…

5 Young biz entrepreneurs compete for social good

If you walked into the dimly lit, wood-paneled room and listened to the fast-paced talk by Cynthia Koenig, you might be forgiven for thinking she just sounded like another one of those young, profit-oriented entrepreneurs looking for money from venture capitalists or other kinds of investors. Koenig is, actually, one…

0 TEDxRainier talk: Global health needs solidarity, not charity

Here’s a video of the UW’s Dr. Wendy Johnson, director of new initiatives at Health Alliance International, at a recent TEDxRainier talk. Johnson says that many of our international health efforts are “still based on the model of charity, like giving handouts to the homeless.” Too many of Seattle’s global…

3 The Most Neglected Disease in Global Health

Neon BrainFlickr, by Dierk Schaefer Is it Kala-azar black fever? Elephantiasis? African sleeping sickness? Guinea worm? How about mental illness? “Mental health is the Rodney Dangerfield of international health,” says Paul Bolton, an expert in evaluating treatments at Johns Hopkins University, paraphrasing the comedian’s signature line: “It gets no respect.”…