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Lack Of Focus On Sanitation In Africa A ‘Shortcoming’ Of Global Health Policy

“With all the attention given to AIDS, malaria and TB in Africa, are we losing sight of other basic services?” Azad Essa, an online producer at Al Jazeera, asks in the news service’s “Africa” blog. He highlights a meeting between journalists and “the Chief Macha of Choma, leader of the…

Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

Access To Clean Toilets, Education Improves Children’s Lives, UNICEF Reports

NPR: Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe “The world is in the midst of a porcelain revolution. Nearly two billion people have gained access to clean toilets, or at least a decent outhouse, since 1990, the non-profit UNICEF reports Thursday. … That rise in…

Haiti Still Struggles To Rebuild Four Years After Earthquake

News outlets examine the difficulties in providing humanitarian and food aid to Haiti four years after the country’s devastating earthquake. PBS NewsHour: Haitians blame U.N. soldiers for cholera crisis in wake of earthquake disaster “…Efforts to rebuild the poverty-stricken island were led by the United Nations. But in a cruel…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

Report Says 75% Of Asia-Pacific Emerging Economies Facing Water Crises

“About 75 percent of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region suffer from low levels of water security, with millions still living without safe water supplies and sanitation facilities, according to a study” published last week, SciDev.Net reports. “The Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia…

Former President Clinton, Daughter Wrap Up Trip To Sub-Saharan Africa

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, on Wednesday “visited the Ramotse Clinic in South Africa, which works together with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHIA) to provide patient services to between 2,000 and 2,500 patients each month, according to the organization,” the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog…

Working Toward Water Independence In Western Uganda

Kyle Westaway, a founding partner at Westaway Law, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Water” blog about his experience traveling to Uganda as “a member of the board of the Adventure Project, a non-profit focused on innovative solutions for poverty.” In the district of Kamwenge, 43 percent of the wells are…

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