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Leaders Conclude Second Africa Water Week

African leaders concluded the Second Africa Water Week on Friday, with an appeal for “concrete actions to meet the water and sanitation needs in the continent,” Xinhua reports.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Senator Paul Simon Water For The World Act

“In an exciting move for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) community, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011 (S 641), bringing the bill one step closer to becoming a law,” PSI’s “Healthy Lives” blog reports (Petoskey, 6/20). “The bill, introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), has broad bipartisan support in the Senate,” the ONE Blog notes, adding, “If enacted, the bill would provide better access to clean water and sanitation to the world’s poorest communities through an efficient and cost effective strategy” (Brennan, 6/20). “The House [HR 3658] and Senate versions of the legislation have some differences, but ultimately, both seek to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for millions of people, largely by improving upon the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act and making the way that the United States provides foreign aid on water and WASH projects more efficient,” advocate Elizabeth Shope writes in the Natural Resource Defense Council’s “Switchboard” blog. She asks representatives to “call on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to move the bill” (6/20).

Opinion Pieces Recognize World Water Day 2013

World Water Day is recognized on March 22 to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues worldwide. This year also marks the International Year of Water Cooperation, according to the World Water Day website (3/22). The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding access to safe water and sanitation services. Barbara Frost,…

Opinion: U.S. Global Health Strategy; Fighting Drought

U.S. Global Health Strategy Should ‘Encompass Holistic Solutions’ As the U.S. “works on a comprehensive global health strategy,” we need to “expand our thinking to encompass holistic solutions that go into improving the health of the world’s poor,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the Millennium…

Also In Global Health News: NTD Study; False Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe; Contaminated Water In Kenya; Doctor’s Strike Ends

Study Examines Toll Of Neglected Tropical Diseases On Populations In Sub-Saharan Africa UPI reports on a recent review article in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases that analyzed the toll of neglected tropical diseases on populations in sub-Saharan Africa. “Researchers said helminth (parasitic worm) infections account for approximately 85 percent…

Also In Global Health News: Noncommunicable Disease Network; Tropical Disease Treatments; Maternal Health In Peru; South Asia MDG

WHO Launches International Network To Take On Noncommunicable Disease The WHO on Wednesday launched an international network of leading health organizations and experts from around the world in an effort to “unite” and “scal[e] up world action to combat noncommunicable diseases, which cause some 38 million deaths annually,” Xinhua/People’s Daily…