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U.S., World Bank Sign MOU To Enhance Efforts To Bring Clean Water, Sanitation To World’s Poor

Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).

WHO Report Urges Countries To Step Up Fight Against Drug-Resistant TB

A WHO report released Wednesday says countries with the highest drug-resistant tuberculosis burdens are making progress in addressing the disease, “but despite the recent scale up in efforts, the world needs to do much more to get care to all [multi-drug resistant] patients who need it,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, Times LIVE reports (Keeton, 3/23).

Also In Global Health News: Cancer In Developing Countries; Preventing Deaths From Diarrhea; Food, Drug, Medical Personnel Shortages In Libya; Benefits Of Electronic Health Records In Kenya

Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…

World Water Day Focuses On Impact Of Rapid Urban Population Growth On Water Security

Tuesday marks World Water Day 2011, which this year focuses “on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems,” the Daily Times reports. The theme, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” “aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organisations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenge of urban water management,” the newspaper writes (Sarwar, 3/22).

Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In Zimbabwe; Illicit Drug Control, MDGs; Global Quinoa Demands Affect Bolivian Farmers; ARV Disruptions In Cote d’Ivoire

Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…

Aid Delivery Trickles In One Week After Japanese Quake, Tsunami

“Across large parts of Japan stricken a week ago by a quake and tsunami, aid isn’t getting through. Blizzards, impassible roads, worries over radiation exposure, fuel shortages and other logistical problems have stalled aid from getting to those who need it, even as officials have boosted the amount of food and other goods available to some easier-to-reach communities,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO Release Policy Brief Advising Countries On Using TRIPS Flexibilities To Drive Down HIV Treatment Costs

Amid growing concerns over the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV/AIDS drugs, UNAIDS, WHO and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Tuesday released a policy brief (.pdf) advising countries on how they can successfully use rules written into the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to lower the cost of and increase access to HIV treatment, Intellectual Property Watch reports.