U.N. officials and aid groups “expressed alarm on Tuesday that the plight of millions of Pakistanis flooded from their land has yet to strike a sufficiently sympathetic nerve among donors â€“ neither governments nor the general public â€“ with aid trickling in far more slowly than needed,” the New York Times reports.
Water and Sanitation
State Department Report Documents U.S. Efforts To Expand Developing Countries’ Access To Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation
The State Department on Monday released its 5th annual Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act report (.pdf) to Congress detailing “U.S. efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries,” NAN/234NEXT.com reports (8/17).
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Monkeypox Prevalence Surges In SmallpoxÂ ‘Vaccine Naive’ In Congo The New York Times reports on monkeypox cases, which are “surging in tropical Africa.” Researchers found that “monkeypox was 20 times as common” in nine rural Congolese districts as it was 30 years ago, theÂ newspaper writes, citing a study published in the…
‘Heart-Wrenching’ Pakistan Floods Need More Aid From International Community, U.N. Secretary-General Says
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst natural disaster he has seen and called on the international community to expedite the aid effort, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ban traveled to flooded areas of the country and surveyed damage on Sunday (Rodriguez, 8/16).
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IRIN PlusNews Reports On Possible Effects OfÂ AdoptingÂ WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines In Malawi IRIN PlusNews examines the outcomes of a WHO-supported study in Malawi to assess what adopting the new WHO HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines would mean for the country. “According to the feasibility study, [adopting the guidelines would increase] the number…
Greenwire/New York Times examine how water “binds urban sanitation with energy, tourism, agriculture and other sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” with a focus on Kenya’s “water woes.” Kenya’s problems have been compounded by changing weather, population growth, “volatile politics,” culteral taboos around sanitation, the article states.
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Infant From Tajikistan Is Russia’sÂ First Confirmed Polio Cases In 13 Years “Russia has confirmed its first polio case in 13 years in an infant visiting from Tajikistan, but there is no immediate threat of a wider outbreak, the country’s main public health body [Rospotrebnadzor] said Friday,” Reuters reports. “All the…
In a special report on water the Economist examines the causes of and growing concerns over increasing scarcity around the world. “Bringing supply and demand into equilibrium will be painful, and political disputes may increase in number and intensify in their capacity to cause trouble. To carry on with present practices would indeed be to invite disaster,” the magazine states. “The proportion of people living in countries chronically short of water, which stood at 8% (500m) at the turn of the 21st century, is set to rise to 45% (4 billion) by 2050,” the Economist reports. “And already 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, partly for lack of water to grow food.”
“Arab countries need to invest some $144 billion in agriculture over the next 20 years to meet the food demands of the growing population, an Arab agricultural organization has said,” the Media Line/All Headline News reports in a piece that examines the contributing factors to gaps in food security in the region.
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Water Purification Unit Aims To Deliver Clean Water To Rural Kenyans Business Daily reports on new water purification unit that canÂ make 45,000-75,000 litres of potable water daily. Multi Purpose Industries, which is marketing the purifier,Â hasÂ installed one in aÂ market in Kenya.Â Â The company will work with the Ministry of Local Government to…