KFWH Global Health Learning Initiative – 2015-16 – Focus on Chagas Disease
A Global Health Learning Initiative is a day-long, week-long, or month-long opportunity for students to learn about global health issues. It can be an alternative for existing chapter formats or a supplement to new and existing chapters. KFWH has tangibly impacted the world by contributing to eliminating sleeping sickness and other targeted neglected diseases; creating new health clinics in Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Chad, actively engaging legislators, collaborating with international experts and saving lives of Bolivians who suffer from Chagas disease.
A Global Health Learning Initiative will enable the chapter participants to share their knowledge and accomplishments, and for students and the community to come together in schools and across grade levels. They will develop a social conscience, educate themselves about neglected diseases and actively pursue a goal.
This is accomplished by engaging students in awareness and educational activities and events that focus on KFWH “Aims”. This experience is comprehensive and may include exhibits and fairs, activities and games, talks by college students in the field, panels with international global health experts, fundraising events, chapter start-up information, publicity and community relations.
It is crucial for the next generation to be involved in global health issues. Global Health Initiatives are currently being held on college and university campuses across the nation in order to immerse students in learning about global health. As more and more centers of higher learning include global health programs in their curriculum, and as the world’s poorer cultures become more visible through the public media, Kids for World Health supports the events that focus on all of their goals.
The concept of a Global Health Learning Initiative is supported by the experience and opportunities realized over the past decade at KFWH. KFWH has set realistic goals based on a solid student voice, has successfully educated others through events, has tracked and built upon their successes in the international global health world and launched a comprehensive website.
Along with your ideas and possibilities for implementation, and the strategies KFWH has developed, KFWH can help launch Global Health Programs in our schools and communities.
The Aims of Kids for World Health
Awareness and Education
The Resource Guide
I. Awareness and Education of Neglected Diseases
- Education/Neglected Diseases – Kay Kobbe, president KFWH, addresses James Madison University on neglected diseases.
- “A Human Rights Approach to Neglected Diseases”, WHO (World Health Organization)
- Mamaroneck Students Talk: How KFWH Influenced Their Lives
II. Chagas Disease
A. Research Library and Student Reads
- Chagas Disease
- Facts on Chagas
- “Declaration of the Global Chagas Disease Coalition”
- “Elimination of Chagas Disease” by Dr. C.J. Schofield, KFWH Advisor
- “Neglected Parasitic Infections, Chagas Disease, in the United States”, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.
B. Recommended Book List
- “Mountains Beyond Mountains”, Tracy Kidde. Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder of Partners in Health demonstrates how one person can change lives in Haiti.
- “Chagas Disease”, Francis Delaporte, Fordham University Press. A History of the study of Chagas in Brazil.
- “The Kiss of Death”, Joseph William Bastien, Univ. of Utah Press. An anthropoligist looks at the cultural and social aspects of Chagas Disease.
- “To Repair the World: Dr. Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation”.
- “Haiti, after the earthquake”, Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Farmer portrays a model for accompaniment in global health work.
C. Patient Stories from Bolivia
- Tiburcia Sacaca Quispe, a grandmother of six has life-saving surgery; project co-sponsored by KFWH
- Benita Mendoza Onco, a new mother of twins receives a pace-maker; project co-sponsored by KFWH
A. Maps and Printable Images
- “Chagas in Bolivia”. Center for Diseases Control PowerPoint images. Please note, printer display pops up, click cancel to view images.
- “KFWH Enters South America”
- “Triatominos” by WHO, film about the parasite that causes Chagas, in Spanish.
- “Chagas Disease and The Pacemaker Process” Award winning film by KFWH Co-Founder, Emily Wharton, English version.
- “El Mal des Chagas el Proceso de Marcapaso” Award winning film by KFWH Co-Founder, Emily Wharton, Spanish version.
- “Founder and Student Intern, Emily Wharton, Talks to KFWH Chapter About Chagas”.
- “The Pacemaker Implantation Animation”.
- “Chagas Disease Documentary”, Explanation of Chagas in Bolivia, by Ann Blake.
C. Speakers Available for Chapter Education
IV. Suggestions for Activities
V. A Human Understanding Approach to Global Health
- Human Cultures
- Open Questions
- Human Equality
- Compassion and Empathy – ”Ryan’s Well” – products “God Grew Tired of Us”, films addressing topic.
- Sustainable Partnerships – Dr. Jean Jannin; Paul Farmer; Geoff Miles, KFWH Peace Corp Volunteer
- College Level Guides
- Advisory Speaks
- Patient Stories
- Personal Stories
- A Day in the Life
- Curriculum on Africa