Seattle’s Global Health Experience exhibition opens today

Seattle is marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair not so much by merely painting the Space Needle retro orange as by looking forward — the Next 50 celebration — and the region’s rapid emergence as an epicenter for global health is a big part of it.

Today, a public exhibit describing many players and projects opens at the Seattle Center called the Global Health Experience.

So I asked one of the organizers, Kristen Eddings at the Washington Global Health Alliance to take me on a quick tour, which I tried to make into a prize-winning movie:

Okay, I admit to not being the best at video. But Kristen was a good sport, and provides a good overview of the project.  It’s free and open to the public — Tuesday through Sunday 11 am to 6 pm, until Aug. 19 — next to the Experience Music Project on the east side of the Seattle Center. Here’s a link to more info.

As this article on the exhibit by the Seattle Times says:

The Seattle area is full of institutions working on the problems of global health: fighting malaria, delivering vaccines, making childbirth safer and combating diseases like dengue fever…. Their numbers have mushroomed in recent decades as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — which is helping to pay for the exhibit — poured money into global health.

“We have this astounding concentration of global-health institutions and expertise here — probably the greatest concentration in the world,” said Lisa Cohen, Washington Global Health Alliance’s executive director.

 

Global Health Experience ribbon-cutting

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