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Nepal's Killer Earthquake
World Malaria Day-April 25, 2015
World Earth Day-April 22, 2015
IBS to Gastroparesis and the GI Spectrum
HIV Outbreak in a rural town


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Nepal's Killer Earthquake

 At 6:14am on April 25, 2015 Nepal was rocked by the a 7.9 magnitude earthquake! Its epicenter was plotted at 58 km from Bharatpur, Nepal. This was thelargest earthquaketo hit the area since the early 1900. The quake and aftershocks were so powerful that they could be felt in northern India, Bangladesh, Tibet/China and Pakistan. Overnight Kathmandu has been transformed into a city of tents, with thousands of residents exposed to the chilling rain. 
  CBS News correspondent Charlie D'agata interviewed World Vision's Deepesh Paul Thaka.

World Malaria Day-April 25, 2015

      The Nobel Prize and Malaria
The word malaria or "mal'aria" is Italian in origin and translated means "bad air". The credit for first using this word to describe modern day malaria is attributed to the Italian physician Francisco Torti(1658-1741). Around the 1740, Dr. Torti used this term to describe a disease process that was prevalent in repugnant marshy areas.

World Earth Day-April 22, 2015

.In 1969, Time magazine did a feature titled "America's Sewage System and the Price of Optimism".  According to Time, the article featured a picture of the Cuyahoga River and explained how the river is a constant fire hazard because of quantities of oil deposited in it by numerous industries in the Cleveland area. The author did not intend to declare the dangers of an "unchecked" industrial revolution.  However, the article and photo did just that.  Soon after publication, Earth Day was formed.  Today, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd, in more than 192 countries!  

IBS to Gastroparesis and the GI Spectrum

Offsite Teaching Rounds with the University of San Francisco's Dr. Gude. This is an excellent opportunity to hear and ask questions with one of the world's recognized physicians. The conference will be hosted at Gotomeeting
International Time of Conference
Los Angeles Tues, April 21, 2015 at 8:00AM PDT 
New York Tues, April 21, 2015 at 11:00AM EDT 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)Tues, April 21, 2015 at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)Tues, April 21, 2015 at 12:00pmBRT 

HIV Outbreak in a rural town

Volunteers in Indiana are responding to the largest outbreak of HIV cases in the state's history. According to Reuters, the outbreak, now reaching 130 newly diagnosed cases, was centered in rural Scott County. Epidemiologists believe that the increase of cases was due to the sharing of tinted needles used to inject pharmaceutical medications. While Indiana does not have a "needle exchange program", the Governor of Indiana believed that it was prudent to initiate a temporary program and has declared a public health emergency in response to the HIV epidemic in Scott County. So far, health officials report that it has distributed 5,322 clean syringes to 86 people and collected 1,400 used syringes. WDRB reports that residents in Scott County, Indiana will not let the HIV epidemic there define them. In April, they began walking the streets collecting disguarded needles. One of the residents of Scott County, Lindsey McDonald, stated "we're close-knit, we like to stick together, and we like to take care of our own."

National Volunteer Week April 12-18, 2015

Recently we were asked how has volunteering changed over the decades? In addition, they were curious about possible motivations for individuals to volunteer. In a quick reply we thought of this: 
I. Social media has allowed an individual to find information on almost everything pertaining to volunteering. Typically with increased access to information a prospective volunteer can potentially locate an organization or cause more effectively. 
II. The motivation of volunteers now and before.

Volunteers4Humanity at Fresno State

We would like to thanks the students and faculty of Fresno State's Department of Nursing for hosting our organization. It is always exciting to witness students working towards their goals. If your institution, facility, school, or event is interested in having Volunteers4Humanity speak, provide information, or attend an event please visit our online link:

Tragety in Kenya

On April 2, 2015 while many were sleeping sounding in the Western world, Garrisa University College was under assault. Located in Northeastern Kenya, the University provided higher education to the area's inhabitants. The ministry places the current toll on life to be at 148 with an additional 79 injured. Volunteers in Kenya have been mobilized to donate blood for the surviving victims.
The Daily Nation quotes Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi announcing Garrisa University is closed indefinitely.

Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV-LIVE at 8:00am PST

The Honorable Dr. James Gude of the University of California-San Francisco is live on His topic today: Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV-LIVE at 8:00am PST.

Enviromental Volunteers

                                                      Beijing in the smog

Protecting the Earth, Water, and Air from ourselves appears to be an oxymoronic statement. However, with the population boom, deforestation, new epidemics, toxic industrial waste and air pollution, new and innovative solutions are needed to cope with these phenomena. Environmental volunteers are an ever-growing consciousness of people that view environmental problems as our problems. Involving volunteers in environmental projects is a great way to tackle environmental issues as well as offering people the chance to experience the physical and mental health benefits of connecting with nature. Whether they are increasing the air quality in the Beijing, working with water conservationist in Colorado or planting trees in Nepal, these individuals have decided to be a part of the solution. When a group of volunteers is organized and dedicated, they have the ability to place emphasis the needs of their communities. Such as ensuring that any development does not adversely affect the quality of the land, water, and air in their neighborhoods.

International Doctor's Day!

According to Jackson ad Coker, on March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long performed the first surgery using anesthesia. Now, each March 30, we celebrate Doctor’s Day and honor physicians for their contributions and sacrifices. From 1842 to today, the technologies may have advanced. However, their commitment to optimizing patient care steadfast. Today we celebrate all physicians that volunteer their time for a worthy cause.
Photo 1: Volunteers4Humanity's Dr. Walters resuscitating a young mother in Lira, Uganda

Volunteers provide info on TB

World Tuberculosis Day
Volunteers from all over the world are making their communities aware of Tuberculosis(TB). Discovered in 1882, TB has risen to become one of the World's deadliest diseases. Although the numbers of people acquiring TB are declining, the World Health Organization(WHO) estimates that nine million people became ill with TB, and 1.5 million people died in 2013. Often termed the great imitator, the symptoms of TB include night sweats, chills, fever, cough and weight loss. The disease is pass through the air from person to person and it's onset can be insidious.

World Water Day 2015

This year's theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The history of this celebrated day began in 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. Each year since, World Water Day shines a spotlight on a different issue pertaining to water. 

According to the UN748 million people,do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. Another2.1 billiondo not have access to "adequate sanitation". TheWatereuse Association Desalination Committee

Decreasing number of doctors in Guinea

In a country that had begun 2014 with a shortage of healthcare professionals, the Ebola epidemic has greatly depleted the number of doctors in Guinea. In fact, the epidemic was so devastating that an unprecedented number of volunteers became infected and died. For the past three weeks, Guinea has witnessed a surge in new Ebola cases. Within this increase adds the deaths of three additional physicians according to Reuters. "The outbreak that began in Eastern Guinea more than a year ago has killed over 10,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

New case of Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced earlier this month that no new case of Ebola had been registered in Liberia since February 19, 2015. According to a report from Asia One News, the streak of "no new cases" of the deadly virus has ended. A woman in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. It is not clear as to how long the woman has been infected or where she acquired the infection. However, the AFP reports that an unnamed source stated the woman's husband was a "cured" Ebola patient.