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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 3, Long Days, Tedious Work, But So Rewarding

Note: This is Ted’s final posting about his experiences in Ghana volunteering for the Stop the Transmission of Polio (STOP) project during February, March, and April 2010. He returned home on May 1. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — Ghana is broken into a number of regions, and I was deployed to three of them. After Read More >

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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 2, People Here are Resourceful, Generous

Note: This is the second in a series about Ted’s experiences in Ghana volunteering for the Stop the Transmission of Polio (STOP) project during February, March, and April 2010. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — During my time here in Ghana, I’ve met some wonderful public health people who are earnestly trying to make a difference. Read More >

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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 1, Positive Reception in Every Village

Note: This is the first in a series about Ted’s experiences in Ghana during February, March, and April 2010. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — It’s been a good trip. I’m at the end of my 12 weeks volunteering with WHO in Ghana as a Field Officer for a STOP Team — Stop the Transmission of Read More >

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Doing Good with Baked Goods: Student Helps CDC Support Ebola Research

Ebola often captures the interest of students who are preparing projects and reports. But I’ve found that rarely does it prompt someone to then raise funds on behalf of Ebola research. However, this is exactly what Ashely Enoch decided to do. For her senior project at Soap Lake Middle and High School in Washington, Ashely Read More >

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Celebrating National Drinking Water Week 2010

Most of us don’t stop to think about the importance of a safe and reliable water supply, but imagine what life would be like if drinking tap water meant putting yourself at risk for a serious (or even deadly) illness – or if the tap was dry. National Drinking Water Week, sponsored by the American Read More >

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Dengue: The Key West Tour

I often get asked about mosquito-borne dengue fever in the context of climate change. One of the first things I tell people is that it’s actually quite common outside the United States. Between 50 and 100 million cases occur each year, including about 500,000 of the really severe hemorrhagic fever type, and the numbers continue Read More >

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