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Water, Sanitation Funding Decline As Share Of Overall Development Aid, WHO Report Finds

“Even as the world’s deadline for the achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) approaches in 2015, countries are not making water and sanitation a priority, which in turn impacts other developmental goals like health and education,” according to a WHO report released Wednesday, Press Trust International/Business Standard reports (4/22).

Also In Global Health News: Tweeting For Malaria; DDT; Water, Sanitation In Mozambique; Uganda’s National Development Plan; Maternal Mortality In S. Mexico; Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Programs

Bill Gates, Colin Powell To Participate In Twitter Fundraiser For Malaria Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Wednesday will join former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Queen Rania of Jordan and a host of other Hollywood celebrities for the launch of a Twitter campaign…

Cities, Leaders Worldwide Mark World Health Day

Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).

April Issue Of National Geographic Examines Global Water Security

“Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us,” writes National Geographic [Nat Geo] editor Chris Jones as an introduction to the magazine’s April issue that examines the effects of diminishing water supplies around the world. “By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce,” he adds (3/15).

Also In Global Health News: Online Tools For Infectious Diseases; Liberian Health Funds Misused; Drinking Water In India; Humanitarian Aid In Pakistan

Online Map, Twitter Could Be Used To Predict, Warn Against Spread Of Infectious Diseases The “Supramap” application, which is an online map that shows the spread of pathogens and significant mutations across time, could be a helpful way for scientists to monitor and predict infectious disease outbreaks, according to a…

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…

True Solution To Cholera Is Improving Access To Safe Water, Sanitation

“[E]ven when it is not covered in the news or noticed by the public, cholera occurs regularly in the developing world, and the annual number of cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased over the past few years to more than half a million cases and 7,816…

Vaccinating 46% Of Haiti’s Population Could Control Cholera Epidemic, Study Concludes

“Vaccinating fewer than half of Haiti’s population of 10 million should brake a cholera epidemic that has claimed nearly 8,000 lives and made more than 635,000 people ill, scientists said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Using a mathematical model, scientists in the United States determined that vaccination coverage of 46 percent of the…