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Clean Water, Sanitation Critical In Post-2015 Development Planning

News outlets report on issues surrounding access to clean water and the importance of including the issue in the post-2015 development agenda. The Guardian: Expert calls for moral crusade to bring clean water and sanitation to billions “A moral crusade similar to the campaign to abolish slavery will be needed…

Campaign To Reduce Maternal Mortality Using Mobile Technology Launched

Media sources report on the launch of a new campaign, Zero Mothers Die, aimed at reducing maternal mortality by providing mothers with access to health care information through mobile phones. Newsweek: The $30 Pink Cellphone That Could Help Save the Lives of Pregnant Women “A new campaign launched Monday is…

Children Are Main Victims Of War, UNICEF Reports

VOA News: UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime…” (Schlein, 9/23).

Climate Should Not Be Top Priority Compared With Other Development Issues

National Post: Bjørn Lomborg: Global warming is hardly the world’s biggest problem Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting the world’s leaders for a climate summit today, ‘to make climate change a top priority for all…

WHO Releases Consensus Statement On Prevention Of Disrespect, Abuse During Childbirth

Maternal Health Task Force: WHO Releases First Statement on Preventing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth Katie Millar, a technical writer with the MHTF, discusses the WHO’s release of a consensus statement titled “Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth,” “the first of its kind. Besides being a violation…

Ebola Death Toll Exceeds 2,800; Outbreaks Contained In Senegal, Nigeria, DRC

News outlets report on the new Ebola death toll estimate and the containment of the outbreak in Senegal and Nigeria, as well as an unrelated Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Agence France-Presse: Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak ‘contained’ in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO “The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now…

West African Nations, NGOs Prepare For New Ebola Cases

News outlets examine efforts to contain Ebola by West African nations, the U.N., and other aid groups, as Liberia and Sierra Leone brace for new cases. Agence France-Presse: Liberia warns Ebola may force region back into conflict “Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighboring…

Experts Learn From Current Ebola Outbreak, Look To Past For Lessons

As the Ebola outbreak progresses, news outlets examine lessons learned over the past six months and from past epidemics. Associated Press: Lessons learned 6 months into worst Ebola outbreak “Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the deadly virus behaves. The first cases…

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