KFWH has many “in the field” ACTIONS! Check out “Where Do Your Dollars Go?“ for more information!
The Actions described in this section are fully funded by student chapters or through individual student member projects.
Our Advisory Team and outside resources give options to the representative Student Policy Board for discussion. The Board decides on the option that is best qualified within the criteria of our mission as well as the level of village healthcare need, realistic partnership, safety, and active and realistic management. The final vote becomes the focus or Immediate Goal for the school year or semester.
The Actions of Kids for World Health are representative of all student members. Contributions made in every way define Kids for World Health and its commitment to a quality of Life for all the world’s people.
Thanks to each of you from our partners around the globe. Keep up the great work! You are making a difference!
Our Fifth KFWH Community Event was held on October 14, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, New York. This event included an opportunity for the community to focus on global health concerns, to find out information on KFWH chapter initiatives, to hear a panel discussion with worldwide experts, and to contribute to fundraising efforts. Our Special Event began with a high- end range of donated products and services offered at our Silent Auction which was chaired by Patrice Schwartz and aided by consultant, Joan Gansfuss, and their volunteer team. The quality items for auction included: crafted jewelry, professional signed photographs, paintings, baskets of selected children’s books and author-signed books along with services for a professional nutritional consultation, gardening design, and a vacation in Naples, FL. These were only a sampling of what our auction offered. We thank all of those who came out to support this! Ongoing during the silent auction was an array of home baked foods by the Parent Team, Brooke Mitchell, and professional baker, Anne McCarthy. It was beautifully arranged by Chairperson, Sue Gannon and her team. In the lobby, there were also tables containing information about Kids for World Health Actions: Prevention and Treatment of Chagas Disease. Fourth and fifth graders from our Murray Avenue School chapter stood at an information table wearing white doctors’ coats while explaining the treatment and prevention of Chagas. They also helped people examine the deceased carrier bugs of the parasite causing Chagas by looking at them under the microscope! The theme for this event was: “Understanding Human Partnership: An Evening of Global Health Awareness and Connection.” The featured Keynote Speaker was John Dau, “A Lost Boy of the Sudanese War,” along with a Global Health Panel of knowledgeable experts from the field. Our Panelists Included: Aduk Gideon Dau, currently from Australia and originally from Jonglei State, South Sudan, who is a trauma survivor expert. Aine Fay, President, Concern Worldwide. Raquel Lima, Loyola University, site researcher in Guatemala. Geoffrey Miles, Peace Corps and UNICEF SASDE volunteer. Dr. Tracy Rabin, The Yale School of Medicine, assistant professor, assistant director of global health, and an internist and pediatrician at The Yale New Haven Hospital. Pamela Bolton, Panel moderator and Global Health Specialist at KFWH and Concern Worldwide. The Evening’s Masters Of Ceremonies were co-founders of KFWH: Sam Gruppo, former student and Kay Kobbe, founding teacher and administrator, both from The Chatsworth School in Larchmont. Also in attendance were two other co-founders: Graham Crawford, who acts as a consultant for policy and ideas, and Meghan Marr, who is on leave from the KFWH board while she is serving in India as a field worker. They were joined by The KFWH Board of Directors Team: Pamela Bolton, Mary Davidson, Jane Rothman, and Patrice Schwartz, and former KFWH Board members: Bill Crawford, Sheila Filipowski, and Anne Gruppo. Our program began when the audience was ushered by student chapter members into the auditorium while photographs of KFWH accomplishments in Uganda, Washington, DC, and at home in Larchmont were projetcted onto a huge screen. Kay Kobbe introduced the evening’s agenda and history of KFWH. Sam Gruppo introduced Chagas and briefly explained how KFWH Actions have grown since its inception. A representative of the Murray Avenue School chapter,...read more
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Join us for an important evening on October 14, 2016! Pre-paid Tickets and Donations: $5—$25. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets! Learn more about Global Human Partnership! Participate in discussion! Support our community in the KFWH current goal to build a new KFWH Maternity and Pediatric Clinic at the John Dau Hospital in Duk Payuel, South Sudan! Kids for World Health is sponsoring their fifth Community Event on October 14, 2016 entitled “Understanding Human Partnership: An Evening for Global Health Awareness and Connection”. This year the event will include a thought- provoking program featuring our keynote speaker, John B. Dau, award-winning author and one of the Lost Boys from the Sudanese War and a panel of global health professionals with direct experience in the field! Under the theme of Global Human Partnership, the following topics will include: What do we mean by “Human Partnership”? Social Justice-What is it and how do we recognize and understand the needs of others? Cultural conditions- What causes strife for the world’s poorer villages? Impact on communities-how are people affected by disease and poor or unattainable healthcare? Stories and experiences-What evidence points out why certain actions may be more successful and what can best be developed and changed? Humanitarian efforts- What works and why? Review of the current situation in South Sudan- What has been the KFWH involvement within South Sudan? The work of KFWH in Guatemala- How has our work with Dr. Patricia Dorn impacted the prevention of Chagas Disease? Prior to the program, there will be light refreshments, Student Exhibits of KFWH work, and an exciting Silent Auction that includes Art, signed books, vacation packages, vintage items, and fun adventures to name a few. It is the Immediate Goal of Kids for World Health to construct a KFWH Maternity and Pediatric Clinic at the John Dau Hospital in Duk, Payuel in South Sudan. With the support and partnership of our community to another, we can potentially service 66,000 villagers. Please help us reach our goal of $25,000 and we will break ground in December, 2016! General Admission tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the program for $20.00 adults, $5.00 for students. Donations made on the EVENTBRITE site, will be sent directly to help KFWH and our communities reach this goal! Other ways to participate are to send your private donations to Kids for World Health/PO Box 557/Larchmont, New York 10538/or see “Donations” at the top of our website Home Page! DATE: October 14, 2016 WHEN: 6:00 PM-9:30 PM WHERE: Hommocks Middle School/ located off Boston Post Road/Larchmont, NY Recommended reading and/or viewing: “God Grew Tired of Us”, a film directed by Christopher Quinn recording the inspiring life journey of John Dau of the Dinka Tribe and the Lost Boys of Sudan and the award-winning book, “God Grew Tired of Us”, written by John B. Dau. The Kids for World Health informational WEBSITE: www.kidsforworldhealth.org We hope to see you in the audience on October 14th! This event is recommended for ages 9 and up. CLICK HERE to purchase...read more
As the targeted focus for the 2015-2016 school year, KFWH Students, Founders and Board of Directors have all voted to collaborate with Dr. Patricia Dorn from Loyola University and her team in Guatemala. In keeping with the KFWH mission, our Action will consist of support for on-going research and community projects to help local people in Chagas-infested villages. KFWH will be involved in the education of villagers about Chagas disease in efforts to eliminate its transmission and in the supplemental nutrition of women as they undergo treatments. Dr. Dorn is a molecular parasitologist who, for over twenty years, collaborated with researchers and students from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of halting the transmission of Chagas disease. In Guatemala, Dr. Dorn teams with Dr. Carlota Monroy, who heads the fieldwork and sociological investigations of the local communities. KFWH Students have chosen to launch the following Actions through their fundraising efforts as their Immediate Goals for the 2015-2016 School Year: Providing food packets to women of child-bearing age who are subject to severe weight loss while receiving treatment. Focus is placed on this age group because the disease can be passed from mothers to their unborn children. Food packets are distributed by the local community leaders. Supplying the community with local materials that include lime, salt and local cement to smooth adobe floors and walls where Chagas-bearing bugs thrive, and teaching residents how to organize their houses to eliminate the vector bugs. Providing funding for chicken wire for villagers to construct animal pens that prevent bug carriers such as pigs from transmitting the disease into living spaces. Providing flash drives with instructional videos that can be used in communities to educate villagers about prevention and treatment of Chagas disease. KFWH works toward equal and sustainable partnership with villagers in the planning and execution of all...read more
The Murray Avenue School KFWH Chapter of fourth and fifth graders held events that raised money for and awareness of Chagas disease. The events included a reading marathon, a pizza sale during a Science Fair event, and a cookies booth at the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Alliance regional gathering. The Chapter studied the work of Dr. Patricia Dorn, Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. As their first priority, KFWH students chose to place their funds toward nutritional supplemental packets for women who suffer severe weight loss while undergoing treatment for Chagas disease. The students felt that helping with these packets would also help unborn children, since Chagas is transmitted from mother to child. Women tend to give their own packets to their children if there is little food or if they are too weak to cook, which creates further need for life-sustaining nourishment. Look at these photos of KfWH nutritional packets arriving in Jutiapa, Guatemala. Members of the community help to distribute the food bags to women of child- bearing...read more
Click to view CDC PDF (printable images) Chagas in Bolivia (Hit Cancel to stop printing) The above slide presentation is a series of photos taken by workers from CDC in Camiri, Bolivia where KFWH is working on the treatment of Chagas. Notice the cracks in the mud houses where the beetle vector may enter at night. Click off the “print” page, and the beginning of the slide show will be appear. Below the photo of the map, you will find arrows to lead you through the pages. In 2012, the Kids for World Health Policy Board voted to expand its outreach to Bolivia after a meeting with the Neglected Diseases Department of the Center for Disease Control ( CDC) in Atlanta, GA. Coordinating with doctoral program researchers, Dr. Eva Clark, Lauren Pring and Dr. Gerson Galdos of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health based in Santa Cruz, a program to provide introducers and leads for pacemakers was created and implemented. At late stages, Chagas Disease damages the intestinal tract and /or heart muscle. The one chance for survival is pacemaker surgery, something victims are unable to fund on their own. Photo Gallery: Note KFWH Intern, Emily Wharton in the field with villagers and healthcare workers....read more
In October, 2012, Kids for World Health opened its 6th Treatment Center. This newest clinic was built in Bodo, Chad in Africa. Guided by our Advisory Team Member,Dr. Pere` Simarro of WHO, the Student Policy Board voted to construct this much needed clinic for the treatment of Sleeping Sickness. The clinic will service potentially 150,000 villagers at various times. The KFWH Pediatric Clinic #6 was honored in tribute to the work of Dr. Pere...read more
It’s open! The new mattresses and beds are in place and the mosquito nets are hung! Our shipment has arrived, and our clinic is open! The staff at Lwala Hospital are ready to receive children from the villages of Lwala, and the 150,000 villagers in the surrounding areas where people suffer from malaria and sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis). The clinic built by funds raised by students in KFWH is in tribute to Dr. Jean Jannin, Coordinator/Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization. Dr. Jean Jannin is our founding mentor and currently serves on our Advisory Board and KFWH Advisory Team. He and his department have been highly responsible for the possible elimination of sleeping sickness in many highly effected areas of Africa. Dr. Jannin Photo Gallery, Lwala Hospital, KFWH...read more