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July 16, 2015

Washington Global Health Alliance, PATH, University of Washington, Washington State University, and World Vision announce “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership in Tanzania

Contact: Kristen Tetteh, Washington Global Health Alliance, ktetteh@wghalliance.org, 206.456.9612

SEATTLE, WA In many areas of the world, women and girls walk an average of six kilometers to collect water for their families that often isn’t even safe to drink. Five Washington-based organizations—Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), PATH, University of Washington, Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and World Vision—are partnering to improve the health and livelihoods of thousands of women and girls and their families in rural Tanzania through the “Water, Wealth and Health” program.

Sounders FC supports clean water project in first Rave Green Run

Seattle Sounders FC played a catalytic role in developing the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. In 2013, players traveled to Tanzania with WGHA to observe global health projects. The Sounders saw first-hand how PATH, University of Washington, WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and World Vision partner with communities to improve health and well-being. Now the Sounders FC have selected the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership as the beneficiary of their inaugural Rave Green Run, August 9, 2015.

“The Sounders FC believes in advancing equity—whether that’s for girls and boys in Seattle or girls and boys halfway across the world in Tanzania. We are proud to support the ‘Water, Wealth and Health’ partnership because each organization brings specific expertise to the table which will help thousands of families lead healthier lives. The State of Washington isn’t only home to the greatest soccer fans in the country, it’s also home to many of the leading global health organizations in the world,” said Roger Levesque, Director of Community Outreach for Seattle Sounders FC. 

Experts in global health partner for first time in Tanzania

More than two-thirds of rural Tanzanian families live on less than US$1.25 per day. These families are caught in a persistent cycle of debilitating poverty and poor health. The “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership is an integrated approach to development, layering organizational expertise in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), animal to human transmission of disease, economic development, balanced nutrition, and monitoring & evaluation. Partner organizations have spent decades working in the region to understand these areas and the needs of the communities.

 “Each of the organizations involved in ‘Water, Wealth and Health’ believes in an integrated approach to development. As this is the first time all five organizations are partnering on a project, we aim to create a model that can be used by others around the world to tackle health and development challenges using multiple interventions,” said Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of WGHA.

Support the partnership at upcoming Sounders FC events

  • March to the Match, Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Occidental Park, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA. Participate in the March to the Match on August 1, preceding the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. “Water, Wealth and Health” partners will be in attendance carrying jerry cans and passing out stickers. Bring your own water bottle to join the water carry. Learn more about the March to the Match
  • Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC Match, Saturday, August 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA. The Sounders FC are offering special tickets to the match that benefit “Water, Wealth and Health.” Use code “WGHA2015” to purchase tickets for $21 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the partnership. Buy tickets here. For ticket questions contact Kylie Padgett, 206.512.1242, KylieP@SoundersFC.com
  • Rave Green Run, Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m., Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, WA. Join over 2,000 of your fellow Sounders FC fans and Give Us Your FULL 9K on August 9th, 2015. The inaugural Sounders FC Rave Green Run features a 9K Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash. Proceeds from race registrations and all donations benefit the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. Register here

Washington Global Health Alliance

The Washington Global Health Alliance strategically connects, expands and strengthens the global health community. WGHA connects people and organizations across disciplines, sectors and ideologies to limit redundancy and increase the impact of its more than 60 organizational members. WGHA’s members include global health organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations and government entities. Learn more.


PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, PATH saves lives and improves health, especially among women and children. PATH accelerates innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, PATH takes innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. With these key partners, PATH delivers measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more.

University of Washington

Driven by a determination to transform our world, the University of Washington seeks solutions to today’s global challenges, from autism and Ebola to poverty and environmental sustainability. One of the world’s leading public research universities, UW’s engaged community of students and faculty are united by a steadfast belief in what’s possible. With multiple campuses, a world-class academic medical center, Pac-12 athletics, an outstanding community of supporters, alumni, and friends, and extensive continuing education programs, the opportunities here are limitless. Learn how you can Be Boundless.

Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

At Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, we are dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through enhancing health and well-being.  The WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health brings together infectious disease scientists, epidemiologists, health economists, cultural anthropologists, and others, making the college a leader in global health. Learn more

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, or follow on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.