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 KFWH Condensed Learning Guide on Chagas! Press the Bug!

Focus on Chagas Disease

The GHLI Experience

 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”. These aims are 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.


The Aims of Kids for World Health

 Aim#1- Awareness and Education

  Aim#2- Fundraising

 Aim#3- Membership Expansion

     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 already 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 GHLI Resource Guide

 I. Introduction to Neglected Diseases:What are they and why are we learning about them?


For more information about neglected diseases: see “Education”

II. KFWH Mission and Goals

III.Education and Awareness Resources

        A. Facts on Chagas!

           B. “Student Reads” / “Recommended Book List

3. Patient Stories from Bolivia

4. Media:

     a. Printable Images                 

     Chagas in Bolivia”, click on images  

     “On Site in Camari,Bolivia”

                   b. Films


Chagas Disease and the Pacemaker Process: by Emily Wharton

                                 “El Mal de Chagas y el Proceso de Marcapaso”

                                “Co-Founder, Emily Wharton Speaks to Chapters About Chagas”

                                           Co-Founder and Intern Speaks to Chapters About KFWH History

     ” Pacemaker Implantation Animation” by

           7. Mamaroneck area speakers on Chagas

           8. PR News Article on KFWH

           9. Printable Certificate of Appreciation

           10. KFWH Logo


       IV.       Suggestions for Activities

  • Develop a theme for your own Global Health Initiative
  • Prepare an exhibit and/or Fair Night on Neglected Diseases and KFWH targeted diseases that highlight the facts; share with other groups and community; link to Education/Neglected Diseases and Research Library
  • Interact on panel discussions with neglected disease doctors and international healthcare workers.
  •  Invite knowledgeable speakers and KFWH founders to present their work in the field and their accomplishments
  • Show and discuss films produced in Africa and Bolivia by KFWH founders and other organizations
  •  Create poetry or essay contests on relative topics like ‘empathy’ or ‘compassion’
  • Create and share powerpoint presentations on neglected diseases topics or share and discuss KFWH website topics and stories Add the key open questions
  • Form research groups to learn about global health problems with ideas for resolution
  •  Form a Book Club or discussion group with recommended books such as, Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s “Half the Sky,” or Dr. Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World or “God Grew Tired of Us” by John Bul Dau with key points as focus questions. Invite the authors to answer questions via email.
  •  Provide interactive “Wheel of Misfortune” activity projects that include an exhibit, ways to understand the diseases of the world’s poor, and treatments that could exist if funds were raised.
  • Check-out “How to Start A Chapter” and the “Student Exchange”
  • Human Cultures
  •  Open Questions- link to Student exchange
  • Human Equality-link to Student exchange
  • Compassion and Empathy – link to Film,”Ryan’s Well”-products“God Grew Tired of Us”
  • Sustainable Partnerships-Dr. Jean Jannin; Paul Farmer, Geoff Miles
  •  College Level Guides
  •  Films
  • Advisory Speaks
  • Patient Stories
  •  Personal Stories
  • A Day in the Life
  • Curriculum on Africa
  • Suggestions for discussion on God Grew Tired of Us


C. Aim#2- Fundraising: Suggestions for Activities

    • Host a Talent Show sponsored by KFWH along with products and awareness tables
    • Highlight a noted performance or speaker, earning funds from KFWH products and/or admissions. Present the current project on Chagas.
    •  Publicize and describe events such as the student “Jug Walk” and how sponsors were found
    • Show presentations of student work at the beginning of an event or EXPO through KFWH powerpoint presentations with student speakers.
    • Set-up a KFWH EXPO with interactive stations to learn about fundraising, education and membership as a one day, week-long, or month-long event.


    • Create a sale booth of hand-made products such as cards or beaded bracelets…see product information. Hand-out small informational hand-outs at the doors.


    • Advertise KFWH Tribute Cards in memory or honor of a special person


    • Plan a theme Bakesale for your school!


    • Plan a Contribution Drive; Dollars for Chagas…save a life!


    • Plan a Book Sale on related books (book list link) or general book sale


    • Sell pizza at lunchtime with a theme


    • Link up with the annual Science Fair and set up a booth or refreshment


    • Sponsor a Store with Tee shirts and global products


  • Sponsor a JugWalk to simulate how far villagers need to carry water to their village or how far patients need to walk to get to a clinic for treatment link to Student exchange


   D. Aim#3- Membership Expansion:Suggestions for Activities

  • Enlist school districts to give service awards and credit for programs in which students participate in KFWH.
  • Offer certificates of appreciation, and membership cards.
  • Acknowledge the help and success by sharing stories and thank-yous of appreciation.
  • Celebrate the student efforts in the local newspapers and their recognition by dignitaries.
  • Offer opportunities to become leaders of chapters that extend throughout the high school years and help with college admission credentials.
  • Promote student contest with incentives.
  • Plan community awareness programs and seek membership


Share your Global Health Initiative on the KFWH Website!

Enter your photos with permissions, description of event, student writing, essays, ideas for each Aim of Education, Fund-raising, and Membership through  Contact Us!, Jane Rothman, Student Ed./media editor.


KFWH is a not-for- profit 501(c3) organization with a humanitarian objective, providing tax-free status under New York State law for activities that meet its objectives.

All funds raised will be issued directly to support our goals, bearing a minimal amount of the customary administrative costs. Advice and recommendations regarding distribution of funding are given by our Advisory Baord, in conjunction with the decision-making process of Kids for World Health.


Other Information:

Topic:  Global Health Organizations and their Structure

Pam Bolton, Education Chairperson

Kay Kobbe/2009


I. Government Agencies

·        Ministry of Health in the country

·        Developed country programs (called bilateral aid) PEPFAR- President’s Emergency Fund for Aids Relief-US..30 billion by 2013.


 National governments.  In developing countries, the government is a

 primary source of health care services. 


II. NGO’s ( non-governmental organizations)

·        MSF( Medecins sans Frontieres) or ( US- Doctors Without Borders)

·        Africare

·        Clinton Foundation and some others

·        DNDI ( Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) is a  network NGO’s , a new type of NGO and .an emerging   pattern

·        KFWH ( Kids for World Health)

·        GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization)


NGO’s (international):  Address a specific need or mission.  Get their funding from others and either make grants to others and/or provide assistance directly by having field offices in the countries where they work


·        Example:  Clinton Foundation.   (named foundation but more like an NGO). One Clinton Foundation program is the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (“CHAI””).  President Clinton established the Initiative in 2002 to close gaps in treatment access by negotiating lower prices for lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, and by working with governments to improve the national health care systems required to deliver crucial medicines. Since then, CHAI has expanded its scope of work beyond ARVs to increase access to diagnostics and malaria medicines.


Networks (a type of NGO):  Like other NGOs but have a unique way of working.

·        Example:  Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi). In 2003, seven organizations from around the world joined forces to establish DNDi: five public sector institutions – the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation from Brazil, the Indian Council for Medical Research, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and France’s Pasteur Institute; one humanitarian organization, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF); and one international research organization, the UNDP/World Bank/WHO’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), which acts as a permanent observer to the initiative.

·        DNDi doesn’t conduct research and scientific work to develop drugs itself—it works with the other organizations that are already doing research and coordinates their activities. The initiative fosters collaboration both amongst developing countries and between developing and developed countries. Its design is a blend of centralized management to give it a clear project-specific focus, and decentralized operations that mimic modern drug companies.

Works on:  Sleeping Sickness (HAT), Kala Azar (VL) and  Chagas disease



III. Academic Action Centers

     Sabin Institute

     University of Kenya Medical and Research

     University of North Carolina

     Pace University

     India Council of Medicine and Research

     John’s Hopkins

     Georgia State

     London School of Hygiene


·        Universities.  Example: Sabin Institute,Baylor University,Dr.Peter Hotez. May conduct programs and practical research in developing countries.  Have a dual purpose of helping people now and advancing scientific or medical knowledge that will help them later—for example might work on developing new vaccines or treatments as well as studying how a disease infects people or how a HAT-carrying tsetse fly behaves.



IV. Pharmaceutical Corporations- Research and Medicines

      BMS ( Bristol-Myers Squibb)




·        Commercial research-based drug companies.   Nowadays there are several that do research on neglected diseases.  However, this work is generally seen as an expression of their social responsibility or corporate citizenship because they recognize that the medicines they develop are unlikely to ever sell at a profit.


·        (Commercial generic drug companies also may produce medicines for neglected diseases and may be able to make a profit on them if the production costs can be reduced enough.  Their overall costs of operation are much less than research-based companies because they don’t do R&D, they just manufacture pills.)



V.  Multilateral Organizations –multi-countries workingtogether

      UNICEF( United Nations Children’s Fund)

      UNDP ( United Nations Development Program)

      World Bank

      WHO( World Health Organization)

      World Health Assembly

      UNFPA ( United Nations Fund for Population Activities)

      PAHO ( Pan American Health Organization)


  • Multi-lateral organizations.  These are organizations made up of many member countries.  They also can provide grants and technical assistance to developing countries—usually to the government (e.g. Ministry of Health) rather than to NGOs.



VI. Bi-Laterals Organizations2 sides/ one wealthy and one or more poorer countries

Refugees International

President’s Malaria Initiative

 PEPFAR( President’s Emergency Fund for AiDS Relief)

·        Donor country governments.  E.g., the U.S. (USAID) gives grants to governments or NGOs working in a developing country.  This is called bilateral aid because it involves two countries and an agency like USAID is often called a bilateral.




VII. Foundations( similar to NGO’s but have their own money)

       The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation

       Warren Buffet Foundation

       Sandpiper Foundation


·        Foundations.  Are set up for a specific purpose or mission like an NGO but have their own financial resources to devote to the mission in the form of an endowment.  Each year they give away just a portion of the endowment.

·        Example:  Gates Foundation.  Has $36B endowment.

  • Because Bill, Melinda, and Warren believe the right approach is to focus the foundation’s work in the 21st century, we will spend all of our resources within 50 years after Bill’s and Melinda’s deaths. In addition, Warren has stipulated that the proceeds from the Berkshire Hathaway shares he still owns at death are to be used for philanthropic purposes within 10 years after his estate has been settled

(must give money away during a set time period)



VIII.  Religious Groups

·       Church groups often operate hospitals (called Mission Hospitals) and are known to have the best care.


KFWH Guidelines for Elementary School Speakers:


1. Content concerning global health and neglected diseases  need to be age-appropriate to the audience of younger children with regard to graphic material, sexual transmission, and subject matter containing a focus on hopelessness and death.


2. Content needs to be age- appropriate in technical information and details which may not be understood by this audience of children.


3. Suggestions would be to cover neglected diseases in terms of general understandings, and lack of access to medicines for poorer countries.


4. Suggestions would be to show village life and culture in order to create understanding of those whom we serve and share commonalities as human beings.


Please “Contact Us” with successful speaker’s name and contact number and/or email address!












 All Actions are recommended/and or approved by our Advisory Team on Neglected Diseases. Decisions on KFWH Actions for any given school year are made by the Student Policy Board. After the budget has been determined for an Action, Kids for World Health directs 100% of the funding for this project toward its completion.