Achieving progress in global health requires, essentially by definition, networks and partnerships. In January, the visit of the Seattle Sounders to one of our village rabies vaccination clinics in Tanzania added a new community partner to what is already a network of individuals and institutions working together to implement a proven strategy to stop the over 50,000 deaths, primarily in children, that occur each year. Importantly, the engagement of the Sounders and their fans reflects the work of the Washington Global Health Alliance. The Alliance brings together over 50 private and public institutions to develop new initiatives and approaches to improving health globally and to engage our community in meeting these challenges.WSU, a founding partner, is one of 16 executive members—including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Children’s, the University of Washington, and World Vision—working together so that the sum of our efforts exceeds the individual contributions.
We’ve also begun to see the fruits of another partnership, this one with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala City, where we are working in low-income communities to improve surveillance for new influenza viruses, local engagement with global relevance. WSU alumnus and former member of the Board of Governors Howard Wright III’s commitment to both WSU and Guatemala catalyzed this partnership by making key introductions. Howard’s efforts are emblematic of the support that alumni and friends of the university—and those without any prior connection to WSU—have helped the Allen School on the road to meet its ambitious mission. On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty in the Allen School, here in Pullman and worldwide, I thank all of you for your continuing support.
Creighton Endowed Chair and Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health