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Voices of global health: multifaith work (w/video)

Aisha Jumann (PhD, MPH) works on polio at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention <br>Photo credit: Used with her permission</br>

Aisha Jumann (PhD, MPH) works on polio at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Photo credit: Used with her permission

Sometimes it seems there’s a global war in global health, with faith-based and secular organizations at each other’s throats: competing interests, differences in approaching medical treatment with – and without – a faith component, funding sources with – and without – religious strings attached.

Three Seattleites – Jewish, Muslim, and Christian – are instrumental in addressing those global health suspicions.  Bernice Kegel, Aisha Jumaan, and David Brenner are Jewish, Islamic, and Christian co-chairs of “Perspectives: How Faith Based and Secular Organizations Partner for Better Global Health”  on July 13, 2012.  This discussion at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall will focus on how different faiths can collaborate and work together on global health issues.

We’ve been asked to submit questions in any format – including video – so that’s what I did.  Here’s my question, posted on YouTube:

Bernice Kegal is a Seattle-area physical therapist working with amputeesPhoto credit: Used with permission

Bernice Kegal is a Seattle-area physical therapist working with amputees
Photo credit: Used with permission

David Brenner serves on several global health boards, focusing on faith-based solutions <br>Photo credit: Used with WGHA permission</br>

David Brenner serves on several global health boards, focusing on faith-based solutions
Photo credit: Used with WGHA permission

In a WGHA blog post [update: has been removed], “Voices of Global Health,” the three leaders talk extensively about  faith-based concerns in global health, and solutions.   Highlights: 

  • David Brenner deeply moved by a talk from global health giant Dr. Bill Foege.
  • Aisha Jumaan on a young Ugandan girl’s pain in losing her mother to cervical cancer.
  • Bernice Kegel in the Dominican Republic, post-Haiti earthquake, amid the losses and injuries witnessing a “celebration of life.”

Recommended: Washington Global Health Alliance web site.

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