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May 30, 2012

Seattle: A Community of Global Health Pioneers Driving Change

by Cameron Bays

Seattle BioMed Passport to Global Health Celebration Thank You

On behalf of the Nyhus team, I was proud to attend the inspiring, annual educational event hosted by Seattle BioMed – Passport to Global Health Celebration – earlier this month. The event brought together global health research pioneers and advocates to discuss the important role science and research has in improving the global community.

It’s no secret that Seattle is a key center of global health work – Seattle BioMed has contributed groundbreaking research and advancements along with other pioneers in our community including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH and the Washington Global Health Alliance, among others. Nyhus has had the incredible opportunity to support Seattle BioMed in the recent past to raise awareness of its leadership in eliminating the world’s most devastating infectious diseases. You can view a comprehensive overview in our case study on our work with Seattle BioMed and our new Nyhus Knows: Life Sciences & Global Health fact sheet.

Each day, thousands of scientists and experts in Seattle are working to improve those affected now and in the future by global infectious disease. Communications efforts can have a tremendous impact on raising awareness of the global health field by educating stakeholders on the true nature and breadth of diseases.

In an effort to amplify the message presented at Passport, here are a few reminders of why we should care about global health issues, shared by Seattle BioMed’s President Alan Aderem:

  • Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria.
  • 12 million children have HIV; even more startling, half of the entire world’s population is affected by HIV.
  • 2 million people die from AIDS each year.

As a neighbor in this innovative community, we know there’s a vast array of ways to get plugged in and involved to make an impact.  For example, you can show support and join us at the Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run presented by the Lifelong AIDS Alliance this September. The Passport to Global Health Celebration emphasized one point for me, that each of us has a part to play to improve the well-being of people in our community and across the globe. It is great to see Seattle leading the charge in this important effort.

[Image courtesy of Seattle BioMed]

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