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How Web Conferencing Is Helping HIV/AIDS Patients in Kenya

profile_dr_ndwigaThis post was written by Dr. Stanley Ndwiga, Outreach/Project Doctor at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. It was originally published on the Huffington Post.

Ten years ago, an AIDS epidemic was ravaging Kenya and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In one year alone, as many as 40,000 Kenyan infants were born HIV-positive, and only 30 percent of them could expect to see to their 5th birthday. Millions of Kenyan adults succumbed to AIDS, orphaning many millions more.

Today, thanks to better drugs, community outreach, and education, fewer Kenyans are acquiring HIV, and the number of those who have AIDS has fallen to 1.2 million, or 1 in 20 Kenyan adults. It is still a significant number, and we have a lot of work yet to do.

At Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, clinicians have been given a big boost in that effort through web conferencing technology.

Photo courtesy Gertrude's Children's Hospital

Photo courtesy Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital

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Cisco Employees Line Up to Participate in #GivingTuesday

Forget about fighting crowds on Black Friday and maxing out your credit card on Cyber Monday. Join a movement that matters and kick off the giving season with #GivingTuesday on December 3. Just post or tweet about how you give back on any social media channel and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Cisco is proud to be a partner — for the second year — in #GivingTuesday, an online effort to create a national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. We are participating in two ways — by promoting Cisco’s annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign (#CiscoHungerRelief) and by driving volunteerism at several of our sites.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers sorts food with employee volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers sorts food with employee volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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Cisco Virtual Router Debuts at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas

Let’s talk about one of the biggest IT trends out there: THE CLOUD. And, let’s talk about why it should matter to you as you’re poking around and researching Cisco products. As you probably know, “the cloud” is more than just one of the hottest buzzwords out there – it’s where the market is shifting towards, and quickly. But you might be wondering…why is Cisco, the market leader in networking hardware, talking about cloud?

One word: CSR1000V.

If you need a primer on the CSR, check out this quick video below. The Cliff Notes version is that Cisco basically took its IOS XE operating system from the ASR1000 and created a virtual router, and voila – behold the CSR1000V, providing virtualized routing and security capabilities in the cloud.

As you might’ve heard through the grapevine, the CSR can now be deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now that we’re one of the cool kids in the AWS ecosystem, it was a great time to launch the CSR1000V (AMI version) at the 2nd annual AWS re:Invent conference held on November 12-15. re:Invent is AWS’s global community (customer and partner) conference targeted at the developer crowd. This year’s attendance was 9,000 strong, evenly split amongst startups, midsize companies, and large enterprises. Read More »

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Cisco Publishes 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

I am pleased to announce that Cisco has released its ninth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. I have come to realize that creating a CSR Report is not about reaching a project deadline – rather it is just one part of an ongoing stakeholder dialogue. We write our annual CSR Report to demonstrate commitment, and to hold ourselves accountable to those commitments — even during phases that have been challenging due to macro-economic or organizational change.

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The 2013 Cisco CSR Report outlines our strategy to use our expertise, technology, and partnerships for social, environmental, and business impact. We report using a framework of five core pillars.

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STEM Education Must be a Hands-on Approach

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are critical to innovation and the continued development of the U.S. economy. However, trends are showing that while there are and will continue to be plenty of jobs in these fields, many students are unprepared or lack the desire necessary for employers of the future to fill these jobs effectively.

In order to get more students interested in STEM, it is imperative that they learn through hands-on training, mentoring and demonstrations early in their education. In her latest blog, Amanda Williams, Community Relations Manager at Cisco, describes the importance of getting students physically involved in STEM to spark an interest for the future. Through the launch of the Cisco US2020 STEM mentoring initiative, Cisco employees are able work with students from various schools around the U.S. The students participate in activities such as robot building, engineering demos of circuit building, 3D printing, and pedal-a-watt to make a phone ring. Through this program, we are able to get students excited about the opportunities to learn more about STEM fields.us2020

While we still have a long road ahead of us when it comes to preparing and inspiring a future generation of STEM innovators, it’s encouraging to see students enjoying the learning process this new initiative provides. Read More »

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