The WHO “says 1,879 deaths have been reported” from Cholera in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Associated Press reports. “The wave of cholera started a few months ago” and “nearly 40,500” cases have been reported in the region so far. Nigeria alone has experienced nearly 1,200 deaths, “its worst cholera outbreak in two decades,” according to the article (10/12).
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Two Million Malaria Cases Expected In Pakistan More than 250,000 cases of suspected malaria have been reported and 2 million more are expected in Pakistan “in the wake of the country’s devastating floods,” the Guardian reports, citing numbers released by the WHO. Large areas of stagnant water combined with heat…
Vice President Joe Biden and British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently said the U.S. and Britain would provide “‘sustained long-term’ support to Pakistani flood victims,” Agence France-Presse reports.
USAID, Transparency International Sign Agreement To ‘Ensure Transparency’ Funds To Pakistan USAID and Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) signed an agreement Wednesday to “ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the utilisation of [a] $7.5 billion grant to be provided to Pakistan under the Kerry Lugar Bill,” according to Daily Times.…
The Wall Street Journal examines programs funded partly by the U.S.-government that are helping “Nigeria, Vietnam and dozens of other countries” to expand “efforts to respond to disease threats, as epidemics add to the burden on their health-care systems and new pathogens spread around the globe.”
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At Least 2M People Homeless, Agriculture Affected By Flooding In Northern India “At least two million people in northern India have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages, fields and religious sites,” Reuters reports. The flood has affectedÂ 500,000…
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TIME Examines Status Of Child Health In India; Rights GroupÂ CriticizesÂ Delhi’s Figures On Maternal MortalityÂ TIME examines India’s progress on improving child health, which has been “particularly slowÂ â€“ and lopsided.” The article states: “Despite its drastic economic advances in the last two decades, India still accounts for 20% of the world’s…
The U.N. on Friday launched an appeal for $2 billion in flood relief for Pakistan, Bloomberg reports. The request is the “largest appeal for humanitarian relief ever made by the world body,” the news service writes (Varner, 9/17).
Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, “sought to highlight Washington’s aid efforts Wednesday during his first visit” to the country since the severe floods hit, the Associated Press reports. “Holbrooke stressed that U.S. support is focused on saving lives, rather than winning hearts and minds or pushing Pakistan to step up operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.”
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New U.N. Drug Czar Pledges Public Health, Human Rights Focus The new head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, took office on Monday andÂ ”pledged to focus on public health and human rights,” theÂ Associated Press reports. A former Russian diplomat, Fedotov said in a statement, “Whether we…