Reporter’s Notebook: Covering cancer in the developing world

As a reporter I’ve been covering global health issues for about 15 years.  For most of that time, the talk has been all about HIV, TB, and malaria. Lately, neglected tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes have joined the mix. But cancer? Are people in poor countries even living long enough to get it?  Isn’t […]
Feb 24, 2012

World Malaria Day hits close to home

Today is World Malaria Day. It seems timely because Malaria has been on my mind a lot lately. My 21-year-old niece, Erica, recently returned from six months in Togo working for the non-profit Youth With A Mission. Right before flying home she started to feel ill. During a long layover in Hawaii, a nurse told her that she […]
Apr 25, 2012

Millennials go glam with Melinda Gates at Agency this Saturday

On Wednesday, Melinda Gates announced in London that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to donate more than $1 billion to increase birth control access globally over the next eight years. On Saturday Mrs. Gates will fly back to Seattle just in time to celebrate the news with the young and glitzy crowd at […]
Jul 13, 2012

Mexicans wait in limbo after failed border crossings

The illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. can be dangerous, expensive and terrifying for thousands of Mexicans walking across the Arizona desert each year. Facing possible sexual assault and death from dehydration, the most devastating turn comes when they are picked up by border patrol and sent back over the border. Rachel Alexander […]
Aug 27, 2012

Seattleites and Ugandans join forces against Malaria

“Let me take you to Uganda with me.” That’s how Dr. Ben Khingi began his presentation last Thursday evening at the Washington Global Health Alliance. The crowd was mostly of global health professionals who were eager to join Dr. Khingi on his virtual journey. Through a series of startling images and vivid descriptions, Dr. Khingi […]
Oct 11, 2012

Seattle NGOs asked to do something incredible: work together

I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk. Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made. In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s […]
Dec 13, 2012

Flood of health data reveals sickly similarities around the globe

The same diseases that are the top killers in the US are now the leading causes of death worldwide as well. So is it a sign of progress or apocalypse?  
Mar 8, 2013

Who gives a crap about World Water Day?

As if high school isn’t awkward enough, I’m sitting among tittering teenagers in Chief Sealth’s auditorium listening to a man yell about poop.
Mar 22, 2013

Top 30 global health films to get you inspired

Global health gets a lot of attention in Seattle. But sometimes Hollywood wants a piece of the action too.
Apr 25, 2013

GiveBIG to small Seattle nonprofits with a global reach

Wednesday’s GiveBIG fund drive is a great opportunity to support local global health nonprofits with small budgets and low profiles.
May 14, 2013
A Pangea Giving member meets with a community organization in Burma. (Photo courtesy Pangea)

Want to launch a global nonprofit? Partnerships are the key

Many Seattleites are inspired to do good overseas. But making a real impact means recognizing your limitations and identifying potential partners whose work you can support. 
Jun 17, 2013
UW Bothell student Jozlyn Pelk will travel to a country of her choice as part of the Seattle Ambassador program. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

Meet Seattle’s first ambassador

If you had the opportunity to travel to any country in the world to help people living in poverty, where would you go?
Jul 1, 2013
Ethiopian women fill up jugs at a water point constructed by a Seattle-based NGO. (Photo courtesy Water 1st International)

How to give global on #Giving Tuesday

If your holiday spirit is more about giving than consuming, today is a perfect day to help local charities have a positive global impact.
Dec 3, 2013
Anurag Mairal works at PATH, where a suit has been made to control bleeding after childbirth. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s global health MacGyvers

Innovators from Washington state blend high-tech research and pragmatic application to create cool, surprising and even downright weird global-health inventions.
Dec 20, 2013
Scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture work on decoding the cassava genome. (Photo from Flickr by Neil Palmer)

UW scientists use diverse genome data to unlock Hispanic health risks

By combining a resource called 1000 Genomes and the largest study of Hispanic health in the country, biostatisticians at UW hope to better understand risk factors for diseases like diabetes and asthma. Leer en Español
Jan 16, 2014
Scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture work on decoding the cassava genome. (Photo from Flickr by Neil Palmer)

Científicos en UW estudian la diversidad genética para mejorar la salud hispana

Bioestadísticos de la UW combinan un recurso llamado 1000 Genomas con el más grande estudio sobre la salud hispana en E.E.U.U. para entender los factores genéticos de riesgo para enfermedades como la diabetes y el asma. Read in English
Cocoa beans in a cocoa pod. These are harvested to eventually make chocolate. (Photo via Agricultural Research Service)

Global food empowerment is on our plates, activists say

Going vegan in the 1980s was a much different experience than it is today — especially if you were in Texas.
Feb 4, 2014
Activists in New York City take part in Global Day of Rage Against an Indian Supreme Court Judgment that reinstated Section 377 and re-criminalized homosexuality. (Photo by Sarah Bennett / IGLHRC)

Is Seattle’s global health sector ready to embrace gay rights?

“I didn’t want to hide or live in fear anymore,” says Jacque Larrainzar. “And the place I kept coming back to was Seattle.” In 1997 Larrainzar, became the first Mexican to receive political asylum in the U.S. based on sexual orientation. After traveling the country looking for a new home Larrainzar says that Seattle, and the LGBT community […]
Apr 4, 2014
Girls at an orphanage outside of Nakuru, Kenya, celebrate the arrival of their menstrual kits made by the Days for Girls Ocala Florida Chapter. (Photo courtesy Days for Girls)

Simple feminine-hygiene kits empower girls

Days for Girls International provides feminine-hygiene kits for girls in parts of the world without access to commercial products.
May 9, 2014
Shanghai, China shrouded in smog. Overall China emits 6.2 metric tons of CO2 per year. (Photo from Wikipedia)

UW research drives tough talk on pollution and disease in China

University of Washington research points to air pollution, tobacco, and diet as the deadliest drivers of disease in China.
Jul 9, 2014