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April 2015

Typhoid Fever-LIVE on April 29, 2015

Live on A distinguished panel of international physicians will speak on Typhoid Fever. Please check your local time for this live conference.

Panel of Experts:
James K Gude, MD
Medical Director, Global Offsite Care 
AMA Director, Kabale Hospital, Uganda 
Telemedicine Coordinator, Kabale Hospital, Uganda
Attending Physician, Kabale Hospital, Uganda

International Times for this Conference

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.