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Confirmed Keynote Speakers
"Pharmaceuticals For Humanity," Victoria Hale, PhD, Founder of Medicines360; Founder and Chair Emeritus, OneWorld Health Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University
One additional keynote speaker to be announced.
200 Featured Speakers, including these confirmed speakers:
"Evaluation of Traumatic Neurological Injury Care in Ecuador Using the IATSIC/WHO Essential Guidelines for Trauma Care," Michel B. Aboutanos, MD, MPH, Director, International Trauma Systems Development, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center "How Do You Know When You've Revolutionized An Industry?: Ashoka's Approach to Assessing Impact," Karabi Acharya, ScD, Change Leader, Ashoka "Workshop - Social Entrepreneurs: Systems Thinking in Action," Karabi Acharya, ScD, Change Leader, Ashoka "Evaluation of a Public Private Partnership to Improve Mental Health Services in Northern Uganda: Output, Metric, and Outcome Data," Stephen Alderman, MD, Peter C. Alderman Foundation "Design Education in the Humanitarian Sphere: Designmatters Best Practices," Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, Director, Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design "Readying Orphans For Their Community: Models For Taking Orphans Out Of Isolation," Jane Aronson, MD, CEO and Founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University "Doctors as Storytellers: Using Our Stories For Social Change," Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC's Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit "Workshop - New Media For Global Health," Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC's Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit "A New Approach to HIV Prevention: Cash Transfers and Risk Reduction Among Adolescent Girls," Sarah Baird, Assistant Professor, George Washington University "Investing in Adolescent Girls -- The Transition to Adulthood," Wendy Baldwin, Vice President, Poverty, Gender and Youth, Population Council "High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship" Elmira Bayrasli, Director of Communications, Peace Dividend Trust "Social Entrepreneurship Workshop," Elmira Bayrasli, Director of Communications, Peace Dividend Trust "Global Approaches to Global Health: Lessons Learned From The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise," Alan Bernstein, PhD, Executive Director, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise "Mobile Potential: Scaling Health Access," Matthew Berg, ICT Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project "A Pivotal Moment: Advocating for Big Dreams in Difficult Times," Natasha Bilimoria, President, Friends of the Global Fight "Enterprise Solutions to Sustainable Social Change," Ron Bills, Chairman & CEO, Envirofit International "Global Health Innovation Partnerships - Accelerating Access to Medical Technologies in Tanzania," Jeffrey Blander, ScD, President, Bienmoyo Foundation "Asking The Right Questions: Lessons Learned From The Cuban Health System," Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George's University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) "Workshop - Improving Organizational Performance in Low-Income Settings," Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Administration; Director, Health Management Program; Director, Global Health Initiatives, Yale School of Public Health "Doctors With Borders," Michael Brennan, MD, American Academy of Ophthalmology Past President, Alamance Eye Center "Itinerant Physicians and Shifting Moral Economies: Cuba's International Medical Programs," P. Sean Brotherton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Yale University "Orchestration of the Host Immune Response by Malaria Parasites," Richard Bucala, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine "Innovations and Technologies for Resource Constrained Settings: Opportunities and Strategies," Thomas F. Burke, Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital; Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, MGH; Division of General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, KCA University and Victoria Institute for Science and Technology, Kisumu, Kenya "Storytelling for Action: How Nonprofit Journalism Can Empower Staff, Supporters and Beneficiaries," Roger Burks, Senior Writer, Mercy Corps, Co-Founder, Pictographers "Maternal Health and Societal Development," Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute "Vision Research Advances and Opportunities in Global Health," Deborah Carper, Deputy Director, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health "Strategies to Prevent Maternal Mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean," Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Partners in Health "Living Goods: A Sustainable System for Improving Child Survival Through Avon-Like Networks of Women Health Promoters," Molly Christiansen, Manager, Health Practices and Business Development, Living Goods "Meet The Editor: How To Write For Global Health Journals," Jocelyn Clark, Senior Editor, PLoS Medicine "Reaching The Poorest of the Poor," James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Partner "Global Health Education Field Experiences: Learning From Local Healthcare Professionals," James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Partner "Randomized Trials in Malaria: Questions, Answers and More Questions," Jessica Cohen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health "The Impact of Impact Investing," Josh Cohen, Managing Partner, City Light Capital "Proof of Sustainable Eye Care Systems in Africa, The Only Way To V2020," Kate Coleman, BSc, PhD, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Executive Chairman, Right To Sight "10 Americans: An Inconvenient Truth For Environmental Health," Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group "Telling the Story: Documentary Photography for NGOs," Thatcher Cook, Documentary Photographer, Pictographers "Accelerating Impact: Incubation and Skill-Building For Social Change," Cindy Cooper, Director, Social Innovation Incubator, School of Business Administration, Portland State University "Public Health Aspects of Surgical Care," Scott Corlew, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Interplast "Evolving Best Practices for KAP Surveys," Pierre Cremieux, President, Medical Aid Committee "Can Business Really Make a Lasting Difference in Communities? The Case for People-Centered Development," Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Co. "Outcome Mapping Measures Knowledge and Behavior Changes Due To T. Solium Education," Cate Dewey, Professor of Epidemiology and Health Management; Chair, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph "The Evolution of Development and Urgent Need for a Genetic Jump," Mark Dybul, Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Co-Director of the Global Health Law Program, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University; Inaugural Global Health Fellow, George W. Bush Institute "Global Mobile Surveys," Nathan Eagle, CEO, txteagle Inc; Visiting Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab; Research Assistant Professor, Northeastern Computer Science; Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute "Innovation Partnerships in Public Health," Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative, Frog Design Inc. "Enterprise Solutions to Poverty," Michael Fairbanks, co-Founder, SEVEN "The Demand Side: Social Innovation and Gaps in Global Health," Gene Falk, Co-founder and President, mothers2mothers "Good Technology, Bad Implementation: Designing Effective Tools For Global Health," Heather Fleming, Catapult Design "Mobile Technologies for Global Health," Rich Fletcher, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab "Pediatric Vision Screening in Western Hunan Province," Susan Forster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Medical Studies, Yale School of Medicine; Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale University Health Services "Collaborative Development of Open Source Medical Record Systems in Developing Countries: The OpenMRS Experience," Hamish Fraser, MBChB, MRCP, MSc, Director of Informatics and Telemedicine, Partners in Health; Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital "Energy for All: Powering the Millennium Development Goals," Robert Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund "Tempting Food Links to Global 'Curative' Traps," Martin Gordon, MD, FAAAS, Emeritus Chairman and Lifetime Trustee, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Board; Prior Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine "Fighting Fistula: The Power of Partnerships," Kate Grant, Executive Director, The Fistula Foundation "Scaling Up Clean Off-Grid Lighting Solutions For Base of Pyramid," Gaurav Gupta, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Consultants "Barriers to Treatment Uptake in Africa: Glaucoma Experiences From Ghana," Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, North Western Eye Centre, Ghana "Perspectives From Ghana: Critical Research in Global Health Delivery," Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, North Western Eye Centre, Ghana "Wireless Adherence Monitoring Technology," Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Research Scientist, Harvard Institute for Global Health; Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School "The Effect of Cooking Stoves on Health: Evidence From A Randomized Experiment in India," Rema Hanna, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School "A View from a Death in the Morning: Emergent Disease in Kenya's Emerging Democracy," Rebecca Hardin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan "Anthropological and Cultural Perspectives in Global Health Education," Rebecca Hardin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan "Improving Aid for Health and the Critical Role of Ministries of Health," Cecil Haverkamp, Coordinator of Global Health Practice, Harvard University School of Public Health "The Impact of Surgical Intervention in Nepal: A Case Study of an Integrated Reconstructive Surgery Program," Susan Hayes, President and CEO, Interplast "Not Everyone Cares: Marketing Your Cause in a Cluttered Marketplace," Scott Henderson, Principal at CauseShift and Campaign Manager of WeCanEndThis.com "Workshop - Breaking Thru The Clutter: How to Market Your Cause and Attract New Champions," Scott Henderson, Principal at CauseShift and Campaign Manager of WeCanEndThis.com "Making a Public Health Difference at the Community Level: The Peace Corps Experience," Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Deputy Director, Peace Corps "Global Health Education: Policies, Practices, and Innovations in Organizations and Systems," Brian Heuser, M.T.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations; Peabody College, Vanderbilt University "Proceedings From The African Glaucoma Summit," Leon Herndon, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Service, Duke University Eye Center "Myths and Realities of Starting a Nonprofit," Maurice Segall and Rick Hobish, JD, Pro Bono Partnership, Inc. "BOPportunities: New Business Models for Prevention," Paul Hudnut, Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise Program, College of Business-Colorado State University; Founder and Director, Envirofit International "Global Infertility and the Millennial Challenge of Reproductive 'Tourism,'" Marcia Inhorn, MPH, PhD, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs Chair, Council on Middle East Studies "Free mHealth eHealth Software For Rural Hospitals," Bobby Jefferson, Health IT Project Manager, Futures Group "Farmers First: Scaling a Permanent and Sustainable End To Hunger," Tony Kalm, Director of Business Development, One Acre Fund "Global Health Disparities: Closing The Gap Through Good Governance," Enku Kebede-Francis, PhD, MS, MEd, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Medical School "Making Universal Access to MDR-TB Treatment a Reality: The Path Forward," Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School "Food Industry's Role in Finding Solutions to Global Nutrition Challenges," Mehmood Khan, CEO, Global Nutrition Group, Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo "Ethical Challenges With Short-Term Global Health Research Projects," Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health "I of the Needle," Marc Koska, Founder, Safepoint Trust "Making Sure Your Solution Fits The Social Problem," Marc Koska, Founder, Safepoint Trust "Ecological Sanitation in Emergencies: Turning Wastes into Resources in Post-Earthquake Haiti," Sasha Kramer, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) "The Road To Hell: Good Intentions and Ethics in Global Health & Disaster Response," Gregory Luke Larkin, MD, Professor & Chief, Section of International Emergency Medicine & Global Health, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine "How To Create a Social Venture," Moses Lee, Managing Editor, NextBillion.net; Entrepreneurship Academic Program Manager and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan "How Do You Know What An NGO Is Achieving: Setting The Gold Standard in Vetting," Harry Leibowitz, Founder, World of Children "New Initiatives to Promote Locally-Driven Solutions," Neal Lesh, Creative Director of Special Projects, Dimagi, Inc. "Using Social Media and Documentary to Maximize Impact," Jeremy Levine, Producer, Good Fortune; Filmmakers, Transient Pictures "Film Screening: GOOD Fortune," Jeremy Levine, Producer, Good Fortune; Filmmakers, Transient Pictures "Dollar Enterprise -- $1 Can Change The World," Kathleen Liang, Professor, University of Vermont "Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business," Nancy Lublin, CEO, Do Something "Building Widespread Political Support for Newborn, Child and Maternal Health," Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save The Children "Better Language For Better Health," Bob McKinnon, Founder and President, YELLOWBRICKROAD Communications "HIV Prevention -- What Progress Toward A Vaccine? And When?" John McGoldrick, JD, Chairman, Zimmer Holdings, Inc., and Special Advisor, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) "Collective Rights to HIV Prevention: Human Rights for the Public's Health," Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "The Power of Social Entrepreneurship to Change an Industry," Jeff Mendelsohn, CEO, New Leaf Paper "Workshop - The Power of Social Entrepreneurship to Change an Industry," Jeff Mendelsohn, CEO, New Leaf Paper "Health and Microfinance: Leveraging The Strengths of Two Sectors to Alleviate Poverty," Marcia Metcalfe, Director, Microfinance and Health, Freedom From Hunger "Scale-Up of a Pilot Intervention to Improve Immunization Coverage in Northern Mozambique: Use of Impact Evaluation and Cost Study for Advocacy," Becca Miller, VillageReach "Rescuing The Bottom Billion Through Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases," Neeraj Mistry, MD, MPH, Managing Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Institute "Blindness Prevention in Developing Nations: A Pictorial Narrative," Nader Moinfar, MD, Magruder Eye Institute and University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Orlando, Florida "Market-Based Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: A Case Study of LifeSpring Hospitals," Tricia Morente, Head of Strategy and Marketing, LifeSpring Hospitals "Poor Architecture: New Models of Design Practice and Empowerment Through the Resource Constrained Built Environment," Michael Murphy, Executive Director and Co-Founder, MASS Design Group "Clean Energy -- A Key to Health and Development," Anne Murray, Senior Development Officer, E+CO "The Production of MakaPads Sanitary Pads as a Social Economic Enterprise," Moses Musaazi, PhD, Professor and Former Head, Electrical Engineering Department, Makerere University; Founder and Managing Director of Technology for Tomorrow Limited; Developer of Makapads sanitary pads "Partnerships Abroad: Cheaper, Smarter, Kinder," Steve Nagler, Director of Global Partnership Initiative, Hole in the Wall Camps "Health and Wealth: Empowering Vulnerable Women in Ethiopia," Gwenelyn O'Donnell-Blake, Senior Technical Officer for Food Security, Project Concern International "Photonics Based Telemedicine Technologies Toward Smart Global Health Systems," Aydogan Ozcan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA "Know What I Really Need? Participatory Medical Device Design and Implementation," Kristian R. Olson, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Inpatient Clinical Educator Service, MGH; Program Leader, CIMIT Global Health Initiative; Executive Committee, MGH Center for Global Health; Instructor, Harvard Medical School "Electronic Medical Records: On Becoming a Digital Doctor," Matthew Paul, MD, Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons "Advocating for the Best Solutions in Global Health & Education, and Getting Results," Ken Patterson, RESULTS Educational Fund, Global Grassroots Manager "Pharmaceutical CSR - The Shift Towards Shared Value," Kyle Peterson, Managing Director, FSG Social Impact Advisors "Workshop - Design Global Change," Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor, University of Hartford "Empowering Women to Have The Children They Want Safely," Malcolm Potts, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCOG, Bixby Professor, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley "Project Firefly: Next-Generation Infant Phototherapy for Developing Countries," Timothy Prestero, CEO, Design That Matters "Bottom Up Entrepreneurship," Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT "Health Systems Strengthening in Fragile States - What Do We Know? Examples From MSH Work," Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President & CEO, Management Sciences for Health "e-Vouchers and Mobile Payments for Improved Health Outcomes in Zambia," Mike Quinn, CEO, Mobile Transactions "Leveraging Online Data for Decisions and Impact," Suzanne Rainey, Forum One Communications "Bioethical Considerations in Surgical Volunteerism," Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences "Microbicides for HIV Prevention: New Science, New Hope," Zeda Rosenberg, CEO, International Partnership for Microbicides "YOUTH ZONES: A Film and Poetry Initiative on Young People from Conflicts and Natural Disasters," Lisa Russell, MPH, Filmmaker "Low Cost, Easy To Use, Point of Care Diagnostics For The Developing World," Una Ryan, OBE, PhD, DSc, CEO, Diagnostics For All "From Taking Lives to Saving Lives: Training Male Health Providers in Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Conflict-Prone Afghanistan," Taraneh Salke, Executive Director, Family Health Alliance "A Rapid Community-Based Maternal Mortality and Obstetric Fistula Prevention Project," Anders Seim, MD, MPH, Founder, Health & Development International "Start With Why," Simon Sinek, Sinek Partners, Renowned Leadership Expert and Author of Start With Why "Maternal and Child Health Care Training and Routine Practices Among Health Care Facilities in Rwanda," Heather Sipsma, Associate Research Scientist, Yale University School of Public Health "Access to Essential Technologies for Safe Childbirth in Africa and Asia," Jonathan Spector, Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health "WE CARE Solar - Bringing Light to Maternal Health Care," Laura Stachel, MD, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Co-Founder, WE CARE Solar "First Do No Harm: Tackling Disrespect and Abuse of Women During Childbirth," Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID Senior Maternal Health Advisor "Breaking The Cycle of Aid Dependency: Empowering Rural Ugandans With Education and Prevention," Jessie Stone, Director, Soft Power Health "Empowering Better Care: An Innovative Economic Strengthening Model for OVC Caregivers," Brian Swarts, Technical Advisor Microfinance, Salvation Army World Service Office "Spurring Innovation to Make Historic Leaps in Development: New Challenges and Opportunities," Wendy Taylor, Senior Advisor, Innovative Finance and Public Private Partnerships, USAID "Sustainable Development Through Carbon Finance and Social Enterprise: Case Studies in Kenya, Rwanda, and Afghanistan," Evan A. Thomas, PhD, P.E., Executive Vice President, Manna Energy Limited "Patient Adherence to Glaucoma Medications: Current Concepts," James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital "Overcoming Barriers to Launching Student-Initiated Health Enterprises," Jill Tucker, Senior Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation "The Impact of the Soviet Legacy on Russia’s Response to HIV/AIDS," Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center, Harvard University "Global HIV Prevention," Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health "Global Strategies and Innovation to Ensure Drug Safety for Patients," Prashanth Visweswaran, Vice President Corporate Strategy, Drug Safety Alliance "It's How You Play The Game: Integrating Learning Games For Girls Into Savings Groups of Mothers," Ellen VorderBruegge, Trustee, Reach Global "Innovations in Professionalizing Humanitarian Assistance," Peter Walker, Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security; Director of the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University "Hearing The Unheard Cry: Strategies to Save Newborn Lives at Scale," Steve Wall, Senior Newborn Health Research Advisor, Save The Children "Strategies For Rural Clinics: How To Reach More Than 65,000 Rural Patients Per Year," Seth Wanye, MD, PhD, Ophthalmologist, Friends Eye Clinic, Ghana "From Volume to Value: Paths to Sustaining at Scale," Rebecca Weintraub, Executive Director, Global Health Delivery Project "WaterCredit: Driving Financial Innovation in Water Supply & Sanitation For The Poor," Gary White, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Water.org "Design For Inclusion," Jocelyn Wyatt, Social Innovation Lead, IDEO "Workshop - Design Thinking," Jocelyn Wyatt, Social Innovation Lead, IDEO "Narrowing The Gap Between Evidence and Action in Global Health," Gavin Yamey, MD, MA, MRCP, Lead, Evidence to Policy Initiative (E2Pi), Global Health Group "Filter Paper as an Appropriate, Low-Cost Medium for Spectrophotometric Detection of Blood Hemoglobin Concentration," Jasper Yan, Researcher, Beyond Traditional Borders, Rice University "ECOfashion: An ECOpreneur's Journey to Transform the Global Textile Industry," Marci Zaroff, Founder and CEO, FASE; Founder, Under the Canopy
In addition to the sessions with featured speakers, the conference also includes "Social Enterprise Pitch" Sessions and "Student Leaders in Global Health" Sessions.
Date: Sat 14 Aug 20010 Source: Bali Discovery Tours, Home News [edited]
Rabies virus now confirmed in Bali's cattle and pig stocks ---------------------------------------------------------- Bali University officials have confirmed that rabies virus is now present in the island's cattle and swine populations. Bali's continuing battle with rabies entered a new and concerning phase with the news that evidence of the deadly virus has been found in the cattle and swine populations of the island. Radar Bali [news agency] quotes an unnamed source who confirmed that scientific studies conducted at Bali's Udayana University reveal that the rabies virus has been found in a sample of cows and pigs present on the island.
This report was further confirmed by the head of the veterinarian biomedical and molecular laboratory of the University, Professor I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, who said rabies had "certainly" spread to Bali's cattle and pig population. Speaking on the phone with Radar Bali, Professor Mahardika said, "Yes, laboratory tests show victims of rabies among cattle and pigs."
Locations in which rabies have been confirmed in these farm animals are in the regencies of Tabanan and Badung. While reluctant to give specific areas for the outbreaks, Mahardika did confirm cattle infections in Tabanan and in the Bukit Jimbaran area of the island.
Professor Mahardika said the cases of cattle and pig infection were tied to bites from rabies-infected dogs. The pigs and cows bitten by the dogs eventually displayed rabies symptoms and died. When asked of the risk of infection from cows and pigs to humans, Mahardika discounted such risks as being minimal. He did warn, however, of the chance of infection to meat handlers with open cuts that come in contact with the [secretions] of infected pigs and cows.
He called for better public education on how rabies is spread in order to address the ineffective way in which rabies has been dealt with in Bali to date.
Bali suffering rabies epidemic ------------------------------ The Indonesian government is to vaccinate all dogs on the holiday island of Bali to combat a raging rabies epidemic that has left 76 people dead over 2 years, an official said on Friday [6 Aug 2010]. Around 34 000 people have been bitten by dogs on the island, which is popular with western tourists, in the first 7 months of this year alone, authorities said.
"We aim to vaccinate all dogs in Bali by the end of this year to curb the spread of rabies. We'll start to mass vaccinate the dogs in late September," Bali animal husbandry agency chief Putu Sumantra said. "There are still hundreds of thousand of dogs that have not been vaccinated. About 200 teams will be deployed to work in 700 villages," he said.
Unlike the rest of mainly Muslim Indonesia, where people do not generally keep dogs, Bali is a predominantly Hindu island and dogs are common either as pets or strays. Sumantra said that since 2008, about 300 000 dogs had been vaccinated. Tens of thousands of stray dogs had also been culled.
Bali Health Agency head Nyoman Sutedja said there were 34 000 cases of people being bitten by dogs in Bali this year, compared to 28 000 dog bites in the whole of 2009. "The rising cases of bites have made us worry. We need more anti-rabies vaccines for people here," Sutedja said. The latest victim of rabies, a 43-year old Balinese woman, died on Tuesday [3 Aug 2010]. Australia and the US have issued travel warnings to tourists about the prevalence of the disease.
PET OBESITY CONTINUES TO GROW IN US
Nationwide study finds number of overweight dogs and cats increasing; owners of larger dogs and cats less aware of problem
Calabash, NC – March 9, 2010. In the US, over 45% of dogs and 58% of cats are now estimated to be overweight or obese according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study, conducted in October 2009, found that from 2007 to 2009, the number of overweight dogs and cats increased by 2% and 5%, respectively.
“Pet obesity is now the biggest health threat to pets in the US,” states lead researcher Dr. Ernie Ward. “The costs of obesity in illness and injury make it the number one medical issue seen in today's veterinary hospitals.”
Obesity rates in cats were highest at 21.4%; dogs were slightly better with 8.6% classified as obese by veterinary clinics. Obesity in dogs and cats is typically defined as 30% above normal weight.
According to the study, 6.7 million dogs are estimated to be obese and 34.9 million overweight. The numbers in cats is higher, with 20 million estimated to be obese and 54.3 million overweight.
“These numbers, 34 million dogs and 54 million cats that are overweight, continue to slowly creep upwards. The frightening fact is that now pet owners are increasingly classifying their overweight pets as normal, "making the problem more difficult to address,” notes Dr. Ward. “If this 'fat gap' continues to grow, that is, when a pet owner looks at their chubby companion and views it as a normal, healthy weight, our nation‟s pets will continue to suffer the consequences of obesity. I believe owners have this misperception because they are surrounded by fatter and fatter pets. Twenty years ago, these dogs were viewed as overweight. Today, pet owners view them as normal.”
When asked, 33% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners with overweight pets incorrectly identified their pet as a normal weight; 25% of dog owners with obese dogs reported their dog was normal while 40% of obese cat owners thought their cat was a normal weight. Interestingly, 33% of small dog (less than 23 pounds) owners thought their overweight dog was a normal weight compared to 41% of large dog (over 50 pounds) owners.
Owners of Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers were more likely to claim their dog was a normal weight when it was in reality, overweight. And 43% incorrectly identified their overweight Retriever as normal while only 33% of small breed dog owners underestimated their dog's weight. In total, 46% of all Labrador and Golden Retrievers were determined to be overweight or obese. The study found that in general, owners of small breed dogs were more likely to correctly identify their dog as overweight than owners of large breed dogs.
“It's important that pet owners understand the significance of even a few extra pounds on a dog or cat,” explains Dr. Ward. “For example, a 90-pound female Labrador Retriever is equivalent to a 186-pound 5 foot, 4 inch female while a 12-pound Yorkshire Terrier is similar to 223 pounds on the same woman. A 15-pound cat is equivalent to a 225-pound 5 foot, 9 inch male and a 20-pound feline equals 300 pounds on that man. Each pound on a cat is equal to about 13 pounds on the average female and 15 pounds on a male.”
One notable exception was Daschunds; 29% of Daschund owners identified their dog as normal weight when it was actually overweight or obese. In total, 64% of Daschunds in the study were found to be overweight.
“One encouraging finding was that 82% of pet owners agreed that pet obesity was a problem in the US. The challenge for veterinarians is to educate owners of dogs and cats on what a healthy weight actually is for their pet and offer weight loss strategies,” says Dr. Ward.
Treats continue to be the main culprit for excess weight. According to Ward, 90% of dog owners and 54% of cat owners responded that they gave their pets treats. “Even tiny treats pack a punch,” notes Ward. “Even worse, today's treats are so loaded with sugar and fat I call them 'kibble crack'. "Modern treats are literally rewiring our pets' behavioral responses and creating cravings that go far beyond what is normal in many pets.”
Ward stresses that pet owners need to understand the impact treats have on their pets' weight. For example, he equates a premium pig ear given to a 40-pound dog to drinking six, 12-ounce colas. “No one would sit down and drink six sodas at one time, yet that's exactly what we're doing when we give our pets these snacks,” states Dr. Ward. “Even a single, small dog bone treat given to a 10-pound dog is no different than a person eating two chocolate doughnuts. The truth is, we rarely stop at one dog treat. Give a few each day and you've fed the equivalent of a dozen doughnuts. No wonder we're seeing such high obesity rates.”
The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study was conducted using data collected by 41 US veterinary clinics in October 2009. In all, about 600 adult dogs and cats were evaluated. Approximately 8.6% of dogs were classified as obese and 35% as overweight. Approximately 21.4% of all cats were rated as obese and 36.5% as overweight. For additional information on the study, please contact Dr. Ernie Ward or visit www.PetObesityPrevention.com.
About the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
APOP was founded in 2005 by Dr. Ernie Ward to promote awareness of the dangers of pet obesity to veterinary healthcare providers and pet owners. APOP is not affiliated with any pet or veterinary company or corporation.
With all proceeds benefiting the UW American Family Children's Hospital
April 11, 2010 at 11 AM
Students, families, children of all ages, and family-friendly dogs are all welcome to attend this event which promotes nutrition, health, and wellness for the whole family (even your pets!) while raising money for the Children's Hospital.
11AM: 5K run/walk starts at lakeshore path (behind the UW-Natatorium). Registration begins at 10 AM.
12 - 4 PM: Family Block party with music, food, silent auction, and games for everyone attending. This party is located in the Health Sciences Learning Center, next to the UW Hospital. Here is a list of just some of the activities:
EVENTS/PERFOMANCES BY: REPLAY, Ballroom Dance Team, Vedic Science of Yoga, Tangled Up in Blue (and more!)