UNICEF estimates that about 3.5 million Pakistanis only have access to contaminated water, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday in a statement, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Approximately 2.5 million flood survivors now have access clean water (Gale, 8/26).
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“A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women’s groups are voicing concern that member states’ commitment to women’s issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide,” Inter Press Service reports in an article that examines progress towards reaching women-centered MDGs.
The Washington Times continues its coverage of the challenges facing the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) â€“ “the U.S. government agency that provides large-scale grant to â€¦ chosen countries to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. â€¦ Although MCC says control of corruption is the single most important indicator by which a nation is deemed qualified for aid money, a review of the State Department’s most recent report on human rights reveals that â€¦ virtually every country receiving similar grants â€“ has been criticized for government corruption.”
Part Of U.S. Aid Package For Pakistan Will Be Redirected To Fund Flood Rebuilding, USAID Administrator Says
Part of the previously planned $7.5 billion U.S. aid package for Pakistan will be redirected to flood rebuilding projects, said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the Associated Press reports. Shah also “warned that other nations would only contribute money if Islamabad could ensure it would be well spent.”
Opinions: Health And Agriculture; GHI’s Main Ideas; Recommendations To Improve Haiti’s Government; China And The Global Fund
Health, Agriculture Experts Should Collaborate More Often In a SciDev.Net opinion piece, Jeff Waage, director of the London International Development Centre, argues for more collaboration between agriculture and health experts. “The relationship between agriculture and health may seem intuitive and simpleÂ â€“ grow more crops and people will have more food…
It could take Pakistan three or more years to recover from the major floods that have affected the country over the past few weeks, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said, Reuters/MSNBC.com reports (8/24).
Also In Global Health News: IDUs In Kenya; Haiti Recovery; Pandemic Preparedness; Somalia Hunger; HIV In Mozambique; Strengthening Immune System Against HIV
Kenya Drafts Policy To Address HIV In IDUs In Kenya, “[i]ntravenous drug users (IDUs) have been largely ignored by the government’s HIV programmes on the basis that drug-taking is illegal, but a new policy is being drafted with the aim of reducing HIV transmission among this high-risk group,” IRIN/PlusNews reports.…
The New York Times looks at the relationship between U.S. foreign aid’s ability to shape aid recipients’ attitudes toward the U.S. The article includes the perspectives of former USAID administrators J. Brian Atwood, who led the agency under President Bill Clinton, and Andrew Natsios, who was the director under President George W. Bush.
International donors have pledged more than $800 million to help Pakistan deal with severe flooding after the U.N. appealed for $460 million in aid, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, said on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. “The total commitments and pledges that Pakistan has got so far are $815.58 million,” Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad. “In these circumstances, when the West and Europe and America are going through a recession … this kind of solidarity for Pakistan, I think, is very encouraging,” he said (Khan, 8/22).
Amid the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the WHO on Friday urged countries to take greater action to limit the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, CIDRAP News reports. “Calling such pathogens ‘a growing and global public health problem,’ the WHO said, ‘Countries should be prepared to implement hospital infection control measures to limit the spread of multi-drug resistant strains and to reinforce national policy on prudent use of antibiotics, reducing the generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria,'” according to the news service (Roos, 8/20).