TV documentary explores
The 9-year-old girl had arrived by helicopter at The Johns
Hopkins Hospital after having been struck by a car going 30
miles an hour. In the Emergency Department trauma room,
doctors buzzed around her, examining charts, monitoring
vital signs, exchanging words regarding the next course of
action. The girl lay there confused and scared. She did not
know what was wrong with her. What were these people doing?
Where were her parents?
Then came a reassuring voice from nearby,
a voice that said everything was going to be all right, that
her parents had just stepped out. Perhaps most important,
the voice imparted to her that she was not alone; someone
was there for her. The girl reached out and was met with the
firm grasp of a hand, a human lifeline to cling to in her
time of need.
These were the words and actions of a
nurse, a calming oasis of support in the often stressful
confines of a hospital.
Gates gives $20 million to
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the Johns
Hopkins School of Public Health $20 million to find the
precise combination of vitamins and other micronutrients
that will most effectively save lives and prevent illness
among impoverished mothers and children in the developing
The grant--the foundation's third to the
School of Public Health in just over three years--will be
used to strengthen and expand time-critical research already
planned or under way in Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana, Zanzibar
"The results of these studies are likely
to prove crucial to the well-being and survival of millions
of women and children a year," said William R. Brody,
president of Hopkins. "The university is grateful to Bill
and Melinda Gates and their foundation for making it
possible for us to do this research thoroughly and quickly,
so that it will have the broadest possible impact."
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