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Global Washington convened more than 200 people at Microsoft’s Redmond campus Thursday evening for a panel discussion centering around innovative solutions to global health problems. The two panelists—Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE and Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH—engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of global health challenges, solutions, and new resources for aid and nonprofits.
Bookda Gheisar, Global Washington’s Executive Director, moderated the panel. The discussion focused around two main themes: educating and empowering women and girls, and forming strong and strategic public-private partnerships.
Both Gayle and Davis repeatedly emphasized the importance of providing access to education, economic opportunities, and health resources to women and girls across the globe. “If you’re trying to solve a problem, go where the problem is largest,” Gayle said of selecting projects and countries for CARE’s programming. Access to healthcare, especially prenatal and maternal care, is one of the most important stepping stones out of poverty; Davis noted that PATH’s primary focus is now reducing mortality of women and girls, and managing access to care in “environment[s] of extreme disparity.” This includes HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and work on gender-based violence. Any society, Gayle said, “is going to do better if you’re not leaving 50% of the population behind.” [Read More]
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Institute for Self Reliant Agriculture: Growing a life without hunger
By Eaden Andu and Sara Veltkamp
We’ve all heard the old adage about giving someone a fish. While the giving of a fish temporarily solves the pressing need, the next time hunger strikes, this same person is left with nothing. However, teaching a person to fish has vastly different outcomes. Around the world today, 925 million people suffer from hunger. 925 million people go to sleep hungry on a regular basis. 925 million people have to watch their families suffer with them. Fortunately, organizations like The Institute for Self-Reliant Agriculture (SRA), a non-profit based in Enumclaw, is not just giving food, it is teaching people how to grow a life without hunger.
SRA strives towards “eliminating the starvation, malnutrition, and poverty that impacts rural farmers, creating dignity and hope for generations.” They work to improve the situation of entire families through building a system of sustainable, nutritious farming.SRA works towards this mission through different methods: Education on nutrition, food storage, farming best practices, etc. Additionally, they identify vulnerable families and help them to set up gardens on which to grow the food necessary for them to live. Instead of growing just one ‘cash crop’, selling it and hoping to make enough profit to buy food, these families cultivate multi-crop, rotational gardens which work to provide all of their nutritional needs at home, limit their need to purchase food, and increase their health and economic stability. [Read More]
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