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
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‘I wish I had AIDS’: Is the global health sector neglecting non-communicable diseases?

International donors have made big progress against high-profile diseases like HIV, TB and malaria. But Cambodian doctors say non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise and going untreated. 
Feb 25, 2013
Harborview STD clinic staffers Susannah Herrman and Sue Szabo discuss the drawbacks of earlier models of the Female Condom. (Photo by Mali Main)

Does the PATH to safer sex run through Seattle?

Condom. Did you just picture an erect penis? Me too. That’s because female condoms aren’t as popular as their male counterparts. Frustrated with the limp response to past designs, Seattle-based global health non-profit PATH has designed a new female condom with input from couples in developing countries. They say they’re determined to raise the female condom’s […]
Dec 19, 2012
One by One, a local NGO founded by Heidi Breeze-Harris (right) to fight fistula, is one of a dozen small local organizations being honored today. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

5 secrets to Seattle’s success fighting global poverty

“There is something unique about Seattle,” says Michele Frix, Program Officer with the Seattle International Foundation (SIF). “There’s a special quality here: that giving nature and that great interest in global causes.” Want proof? Look no further than the 250 women and men filling the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom in downtown Seattle this morning. They […]
Dec 7, 2012
A newborn in Amuria District Hospital, Uganda. The majority of Uganda's 100,000 malaria deaths each year are children under 5. (Photo courtesy Pilgrim Africa)

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