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Guinea Worm Nears Extinction

NPR: Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction “…The world is closer than ever to wiping the [Guinea worm] parasite off the face of the Earth. There were only 17 cases of Guinea worm in the first five months of this year, the Carter Center reported Monday. That’s…

UNICEF Launches National Sanitation Campaign With Haitian Government

UNICEF: New sanitation campaign aims to end cholera in Haiti “UNICEF and the Haitian government have intensified the fight against cholera, with the launch this week of the National Sanitation Campaign, aiming to eliminate open defecation in the country. The National Sanitation Campaign will target 55 communities in the 10…

Haiti Achieves Several MDGs Ahead Of Deadline; Cholera Rates Decline

U.N. News Centre: Feature: Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development “Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached — or nearly reached — several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched…

U.N. Increasing Emergency Aid To Gaza Amid Worsening Water Shortages

Reuters: U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza “The United Nations said on Friday it was stepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive has made water shortages worse and stoked fears of more sewage contamination and water-borne diseases…” (Nebehay, 7/18).

Global Development Lab Act Introduced In Senate

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: USAID Global Development Lab bill introduced in Senate Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the USAID Global Development Lab bill that was introduced in the U.S. Senate in June and would authorize USAID “to expand public-private…

July 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on eliminating polio, a news article on reinventing the toilet, and several research and policy papers on various topics (July 2014).

Researcher Examines Whether Water Access Linked To FGM Prevalence In Africa

Inter Press Service: Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa “Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released…

Cholera Vaccine Becomes Accepted Tool In Outbreak Responses

Humanosphere: The Cholera Vaccine: from shunned idea to celebrated response Development blogger Tom Murphy examines how research using the cholera vaccine in local outbreaks has helped the vaccine become an accepted prevention tool during outbreaks (6/16).

Opinion Pieces Address Water, Sanitation Issues In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Opinion pieces address the issue of water and sanitation (WASH) in the post-2015 development agenda. Devex: Human right to WASH ‘glaring omission’ in OWG ‘zero draft’ Jamillah Mwanjisi, co-chair of End Water Poverty “…What is clear is that some states oppose a human rights framework for the water and sanitation…

Evidence Growing That Lack Of Sanitation Leads To Child Undernutrition

“Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child’s growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height — one measure of child nutrition,” IRIN reports. The study — a review of “14 studies conducted in low- and middle-income countries that provided…

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