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Thanksgiving Day

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris - The First Thanksgiving

Many historians date the first Thanksgiving taking place in Plymouth 1621 with the "new world settlers" and the Wampanoag Nation giving thanks for the rain that ended a long drought and produced a good harvest. George Washington proclaimed the first National Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789. Throughout the years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days throughout states. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the same date, each year, by all states. Today, the holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is generally considered a time for people to reflect, spend time with family over a large meal, and to give thanks.

Ebola returns to Liberia

    In a statement provided by the Liberian Ministry of Health(MOH) on November 20, three newly confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) were diagnosed in Montserrado County. Established in 1847, with the formation of Liberia, Montserrado is the oldest county in Liberia. 
     The US Embassy in Monrovia announced that representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, and experts in viral diseases are assisting the MOH with case identification, reporting, and contact tracing related to the confirmed Ebola cases.

Universal Children's Day 2015

Universal Children's Day November 20, 2015
A brief history of this day. In Dec of 1954, the General Assembly of the United Nations(UN) recommended that all countries establish a "Universal Children's Day". This day would commemorate worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It was further recommended that this day would also be observed as a day of activity dedicated to advancing the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.

Ebola Free!!!

The timer is ticking as Guinea moves towards going 42 days without a new case of Ebola! Today the last patient with Ebola tested negative. The WHO's criteria for meeting "zero" cases of the Ebola Virus in West Africa will be considered met after 42 days have passed since the last confirmed case has tested negative twice for the virus taken from the patient's blood samples residing in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. After the 42-day period has elapsed, each country should maintain a system of heightened surveillance for a further 90 days, and ensure ongoing EVD surveillance and notification thereafter.


Dr. James Gude will present an online presentation on anemia due to B12, Hypothyroid, Iron Deficiency. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 8-9am PST.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8:00-9:00am-Pacific Standard Time

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT 
Nairobi (Kenya)- at 6:00PM EAT

World Prematurity Day 2015

Prematurity is the number cause of death for children under 5 years of age.  Globally, it is estimated that 15 million infants are born prematurely each year. USAID reports that "Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia account for half the world’s births, but more than 60 percent of the world’s preterm babies and over 80 percent of the world’s newborn deaths attributable to preterm birth complications."
 #WorldPrematurityDay @USAID @USAIDGH

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Worldwide lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. In the U.S., lung cancer is responsible for approximately 1/3 of all cancer deaths. This month the causes, signs, and treatments for lung cancer will be highlighted throughout the globe! 

Support the Red Cross

In all likelihood, volunteers will be needed to donate blood and to provide support to the multitude of organizations that will be assisting the people of Paris, France. @Federation @RedCrossEU @IRCR @RCRCYouth @MFS #powerofhumanity #protecthumanity

Management of Chronic Renal Failure: Case Presentation and Discussion

Presented Online by Dr. JAMES K. GUDE-UCSF and 
DR. ANNEMARION NAMUTE of Kabale Hospital, Uganda.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
8:00-9:00am-Pacific Standard Time

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT 
Nairobi (Kenya)- at 6:00PM EAT
Kampala(Uganda)- at 6:00pm EAT 
Kathmandu (Nepal)- at 8:45 PM NPT

Sierra Leone "Free From Ebola."

                                                      Celebrating in Freetown                                                  The World Health Organization has once again declared Sierra Leone "free from Ebola." Meeting WHO's requirement that 42 days pass without any new cases of the Ebola, after the last person infected was cured or had died, Sierra Leone has satisfied the organization's criteria to determine if the virus was no longer being transmitted.

Open Enrollment 2016

In the United States, the period of open enrollment for health insurance has begun. According to an2012 articlepublished in the New York Times: "The goal of this program is to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government."

The Open Enrollment Period isNovember 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. Many volunteers across the country will be applying for medical insurance for their first time.

Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus

Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) strains are common microorganisms on the skin of humans. Dr. James Gude will present an online case presentation and discussion on Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus on Wednesday, November 4 from 8-9am PST.

Presented by Dr. James K. Gude, M.D.
Board-Certified Specialist in Critical Care,
Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine and Clinical Professor of
Medicine, University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF)
Medical Director of Global OffSite Care

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Violence in the home harms everyone in the family. Children are especially vulnerable. When they see violent behavior between family members, or when they're abused themselves, they may grow up to be abusive to their partners, spouses or children. As parents it's our responsibility to prevent family violence and bring an end to this cycle of abuse.
If you're coping with the violence in your home, remember you're not alone. Abusive behavior affects every neighborhood, ethnic background and economic class.

Highlights from Career Industry Day

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MSF Hospital Destroyed

photos ofHayadeen Medical Hospitaltoday

Volunteers and medical volunteer organizations are abuzz upon hearing that the International Medical Charity, Doctor without Borders(MSF), has had yet another medical facility bombed. News outlets are reporting that Hayadeen Medical Hospital, located in Northern Yemen, was allegedly shelled on Monday. MSF had been running the facility that was leveled by the airstrikes. While injuries have been reported, MSF's spokesperson Malak Shaher said there were no deaths.