Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge



In this Issue

  1. Rx for Survival ™ in the News
  2. Project News and Updates
  3. Web Site News and Updates
  4. Rx for Child Survival ™ Campaign News and Updates
  5. Global Health Headlines
  6. Success Stories
  7. About Rx for Survival

Dear concerned global citizen,

Thank you for subscribing to the Global Health Update from Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge.™

If a growing awareness of global health issues makes you want to roll up your sleeves and start making a difference, there are many active ways you can get things done. The "Give Time" page on the Rx for Survival site offers suggestions of how to get started from service-oriented vacations to fundraising events, from hands-on activities to classroom materials — giving time and engaging others can have a positive impact on global health and child survival.

Visit the Rx for Survival site at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/campaign/givetime/index.html to learn more. Or read on for more on what others, individuals and organizations alike, have been inspired to do.

Rx for Survival in the News

On behalf of Rx for Child Survival, Former Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal wrote an op-ed article encouraging support for child survival during the holiday giving season and New Year. The article was posted on December 30th to the Huffington Post, a blog for which Dr. Blumenthal is a regular columnist: http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20051231/cm_huffpost/013079

During November, editorials mentioning the Rx for Survival project appeared in The Boston Globe, Arizona Republic, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Denver Post and Florida Times-Union.

Project News and Updates

Many public television stations are planning to re-broadcast Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge mid- to late-April following World Health Day (April 7th). Check your local listings for specific airdates and times. Or you can order the series DVD/VHS and companion book by calling 888-255-9231 or visiting http://shop.wgbh.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay? catalogId=10051&storeId=11051& categoryId=29154&langId=-1.

Interested in studying current and emergent issues that affect global health? The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins is working with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Howard Community College, and others to develop an undergraduate course in global health. The course is being piloted at Howard Community College during the spring semester, with class beginning January 28th. Based on the feedback from students and faculty, the team will refine the course and then make it available for colleges and universities worldwide in fall 2006.

Web Site News and Updates

The producers of Rx for Survival encountered a great number of individuals making a tremendous difference on the frontlines of global health. Some, like Rohima, a volunteer grassroots community health worker from Bangladesh, work in rural communities and personally attend to the needs of villagers. Others, like William H. Foege, Professor and Health Policy Fellow, Emory University and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have emerged as frontline leaders in some of the most ambitious public health efforts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Meet these and additional global health champions, just a small sample of the many fine people who have made public health their life's work, at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/series/champions/index.html

Read how a panel of global health experts responded to your questions about vaccines, international aid, and the danger of another deadly flu pandemic in the "Ask the Experts" feature at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/series/experts/index.html .

The global health conversation continues! Visit the Rx for Survival discussion board at http://discussions.pbs.org/viewtopic.pbs?t=40388 to share your thoughts and hear from others on this vital topic.

Rx for Child Survival Campaign News and Updates

In conjunction with Rx for Survival, three Boston-based organizations, World Education, John Snow, Inc. and Management Sciences for Health, have collaborated on a photo exhibit that depicts the critical need for basic health among children and families in the developing world. The Rx for Survival photo exhibit is online at http://www.jsi.com and on prominent display in key locations throughout Boston.

Through February, WNET New York is running the "Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge Teen Outreach Campaign." This activity encourages high school level educators to explore a specific global health issue with their students, and demonstrate the impact one person, group, and/or school can make in the quest for global health and child survival.

A new feature has been added to the CARE-hosted donation transaction page where contributions can be made to Rx for Child Survival. Contributors now have the option to make a donation in someone else's name by selecting "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of." After the donation is made, a commemorative card is mailed notifying the recipient of the contribution. Click here to view the CARE — Rx for Child Survival donation site: https://donate.care.org/05/20810000clm

Global Health Headlines

To help readers grasp how global health affects each one of us, below are links to global health-related stories currently in the news.

New Web Resource Provides Easy Access to Global Health Data

Beating back ancient scourges of the poor

Rotavirus Drugs Deemed Safe and Effective
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Report grades countries on improving child survival

Success Stories

Some of the creative ways Rx for Survival supporters are making a difference in their own communities:

One child survival supporter in Mesa, Arizona, reports, "I made T-shirts with the transfer pattern from the PBS Web site. I brought these to my son's school and passed them out to the parents of some of my child's classmates. They were interested and said they were all going to get involved and spread the word to others. The T-shirts were a great idea and I have people ask me all the time about it when I wear it around."

The "From Surviving to Thriving" iron-on template was created by Community Coalition station WGVU of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The design is used with permission as part of the national Rx for Child Survival campaign. Find directions and download the templates at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/campaign/givetime/index.html.

I helped to arrange a silent auction whose proceeds went to the Rx for Child Survival campaign. Everyone in my company's division brought an item to contribute to the auction, ranging from rare books, gift baskets, bath items, and toys. We raised over $200 to donate to the cause and it was a huge success. We set up the silent auction in the cafeteria and I handed out child survival information that I had printed off the Web site in regard to what their bids would be going for. — Austin, TX

I made several calls to friends and coordinated a bake sale. All of my friends were in agreement that this was a wonderful cause to contribute to. We didn't just want to raise money but also wanted to make others aware of world health issues by word of mouth. The bake sale raised about $500. Best of all we talked with EVERYONE who came to the sale about world health issues and how they too could make a difference. There were about 100 people at the sale and all of them heard the message! — Independence, OR

"I held a garage sale this weekend to raise money to donate to Rx for Child Survival. I had my cashier's table set up with info sheets from the website and explained to customers that all proceeds from my garage sale would be given to the Rx for Child Survival charity. After reading the information and chatting with me about the PBS special, many customers paid double for what I had priced their item for, for which I was grateful. I wore my Rx for Child Survival T-shirt, as well. All total, the proceeds from the garage sale were $116 and 100% of it was donated to the site. I also had the satisfaction of knowing I was raising the level of consciousness around my neighborhood." — Spicewood, TX

About Rx for Survival

A multi-media project that includes a six-hour PBS television series airing November 1-3, 2005, Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge™ is a co-production of the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, Inc.

Rx for Child Survival — A Global Health Challenge™, a project of the WGBH Educational Foundation and Vulcan Productions, Inc. in collaboration with CARE and Save the Children, and in association with The Global Health Council and UNICEF, urges Americans to get informed and involved in making a difference in the lives of young children around the world.

Major funding for Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Merck Company Foundation.

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