The fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) kicked off Monday in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, to raise awareness about the “sanitation crisis in the region,” Xinhua reports (4/3).
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“A few nonprofit groups have recently announced plans to wind down, not over financial problems but because their missions are nearly finished,” the New York Times reports, noting that though the number of organizations closing shop “for mission-related reasons is too small to call a trend. … the novelty of organizations going out of business once their work is done has attracted attention.”
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High Rates of Cardiac, Psychiatric Illnesses In New Orleans Show Implications For Other Post-Disaster Areas The health effects of major natural disasters can continue to affect populations years after the occurrence, according to a study showing New Orleans residents continued to experience a threefold increase in heart attacks and increased…
Midwife Shortage In Developing Countries Contributing To Deaths Of Mothers, Infants, Save The Children Report Says
The deaths of more than one million mothers and newborns could be prevented if the shortage of 350,000 trained midwives in developing countries could be met, according to a Save the Children report (.pdf) released on Friday, Reuters reports.
House Subcommittee Approves Bill Calling For Report On USAID’s Efforts To Address Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak
The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on Thursday “approved by voice vote a bill (HR 1016) that would require the Obama administration to report to Congress within six months on the handling of U.S. funds for combating a cholera outbreak that occurred after last year’s earthquake in Haiti,” CQ reports.
“Antibiotic resistance has now become a costly and dangerous problem,” The Economist writes in an article examining the factors that have contributed to the global rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, ahead of next week’s World Health Day dedicated to the issue.
USAID Administrator Testifies Before State, Foreign Ops Subcommittee About FY12 Budget, Expresses Concerns About FY11 Budget Cuts
In a hearing regarding the FY12 budget before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee earlier this week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah highlighted the possible impact of the FY11 budget cuts currently being debated in Congress, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports.
What To Do About Antibiotic Resistance: AÂ Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial describes the growing public concerns over a global rise in antimicrobial resistance. “Bearing in mind that our objective is to contain antibiotic resistance rather than eradicate it, several policies could be adopted to help guarantee a future for antibiotics,” the…
More needs to be done to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and increase access to treatments for patients living with the disease, according to representatives from 24 Asia-Pacific countries attending a regional United Nations meeting in Bangkok this week, VOA News reports (Schearf, 3/30).
Foreign Aid Does More Harm Than Good The idea that wealthy countries have a moral obligation to provide aid to poorÂ nationsÂ “persists in the face of overwhelming evidence that such ‘aid’ does the world’s poor more harm than good,” Marian Tupy,Â a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute in London, writes in…