Zika: What You Need to Know

Please join us this Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 pm ET, with AmeriCares Senior Vice President of Global Programs E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, and AmeriCares Medical Officer Julie Varughese, MD.

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On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the Zika virus and its possible link to the birth defect microcephaly a “public health emergency of international concern.” Zika is a mosquito-borne disease now active in 22 countries and territories in Central and South America—including many areas where AmeriCares supports local hospitals, clinics and health programs.

Dr. E. Anne Peterson

AmeriCares Senior Vice President of Global Programs

Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, directs the delivery of more than $500 million in medical aid and relief supplies to more than 90 countries each year. Anne oversees AmeriCares Emergency Response, U.S. Medical Assistance and Medical Outreach programs as well as all other ongoing global health programs.

Anne has deep experience in all facets of global health, including domestic and international health policy, clinical care, administration and disaster response. As assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Health Bureau, Anne oversaw of all of USAID’s programs in maternal and child health, AIDS, family planning, neglected tropical diseases and health systems.

Anne has also worked as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, public health program director for the Ponce School of Medicine & Health Services in Puerto Rico, a research professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and spent nearly six years in Sub-Saharan Africa working on community development, public health training and AIDS prevention programs. Anne has served on a number of international boards of directors, including the Global Fund (GFATM), GAVI, Stop TB, and the Child Survival Partnership.

Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Washington and her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. She completed her master’s degree in public health and preventive medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Julie Varughese

AmeriCares Medical Officer

As AmeriCares medical officer, Dr. Julie Varughese is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low-income patients in more than 90 countries. She shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, ensuring the contributed items are used safely and effectively by AmeriCares health care partners around the globe. The world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and supplies, AmeriCares delivers more than $500 million in quality medical products annually for patients in need.

Julie also oversees AmeriCares Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to U.S.-based health care professionals traveling overseas to provide primary care services and surgeries for patients in desperate need. One of AmeriCares longest standing programs, it supplies medicines for more than 1,000 medical mission trips annually and offers educational and training resources for medical volunteers.

Since joining AmeriCares in 2015, Julie’s work has taken her to Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Tanzania, where she led a cholera treatment and prevention training program for local health workers. Julie is board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics. She was previously a Clinical Infectious Disease Attending at Norwalk Medical Group and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, and worked in Norwalk Community Health Center’s HIV clinic. Julie also participated in medical missions to India and South Africa, researched breastfeeding practices and infant health in Ecuador, and worked in primary care and school-based health education in Guatemala prior to joining AmeriCares.

Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and a medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., where she completed her residency training. She also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

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