Celebrating 10 Years: A Big Thanks to You
“I’ve been proud to support the School for Global Animal Health because your work saves lives—in Africa and throughout the developing world. I’m happy to see that your efforts over the past decade have earned the school recognition as the preeminent institution of its kind. This gives you an even greater opportunity over the coming decade to substantially improve the quality of life for the families, communities, and nations in need of your expertise.” —Paul G. Allen on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the school Because of the generous support of Paul G. Allen and our hundreds of other private donors, the Allen School’s work has reached places as far away as Tanzania and Guatemala, and as close as right here in our very own Washington state. Over the last 10 years, we have become a preeminent global health program nationally and internationally. We continue to work directly with communities on three continents to improve the health of animals and people all over the world. We want to share with you just a few examples of our impact through innovative research and local programs. Impact that you help make possible. Ending human rabies deaths by 2030. Rabies is the deadliest zoonotic disease on the planet. More than 59,000 people die from it each year and about half of those deaths are children. Our research discoveries are helping to increase the effectiveness of dog vaccination campaigns. In Africa, dogs spread the disease to humans and wildlife, including lions. By vaccinating 70 percent of the dog population in Tanzania and Kenya, we can stop the spread of rabies. Preventing the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Poor sanitation can harbor resistant bacteria that spread locally and globally Discovering causes for increases in antibiotic use and the spread of resistance, our scientists have helped implement ways to reduce infection and the spread of resistant bacteria in poor communities worldwide, which not only protects those communities but helps preserve effective antibiotics here in Washington state. Improving human nutrition and childhood education. Healthier livestock means better nutrition for mothers and their children. Our research has led to interventions to improve access to food and has shown that when cattle are vaccinated and protected from disease, the increased income is directed to education of girls.
Message from the WSU Senior Director of Global Health
The Allen School, and the broader global health programs at WSU, would not exist today without the support of Paul G. Allen and the over 300 individual donors who continue to invest in our mission. This support catalyzed the University’s subsequent investment in the Allen School and has dramatically changed the global health landscape at WSU. Over the past four years, our federal research support, principally from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has increased more than 300 percent, demonstrating the multiplier effect of initial philanthropic support. Perhaps more impactful than this catalytic effect, donor support drives innovation in ways that state and federal support cannot. Multidisciplinary research such as demonstrating the linkage between livestock vaccination and secondary school education for girls in rural Kenya, highlighted by National Public Radio for its innovation, falls outside any funding agency’s remit. Similarly, current research on drivers of antibiotic resistant microbes in Guatemala and how to reduce the emergence and spread of this resistance requires strong international partnerships between universities and indigenous communities—all made possible with philanthropic support. But the greatest impact of donor support, independent of size, is the confidence placed in the faculty, staff, and students in meeting our mission of improving public health. We take your support to heart and pledge to ensure it makes a difference in human health and opportunity. Guy Palmer Creighton Endowed Chair and WSU Senior Director of Global Health
Faculty News Summer 2017
Douglas Call, professor in the Allen School, received the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship, and Arts. His research has led to greater understanding about the ways bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. In east Africa, where people, domestic livestock, and wildlife live close together, Dr. Call is leading a multidisciplinary team to understand how antibiotic resistance arises and spreads through communities.
Student and Fellow News Summer 2017