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Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a…

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…

Afghan Officials Quarantine Village Experiencing Cholera Outbreak To Prevent Spread

“A cholera outbreak at a village in northeast Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killed a young woman and left another 100 in critical condition, a provincial official said Tuesday,” the Associated Press/Boston.com reports. “Abdul Marouf Rasekh, a spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province, said the outbreak began three days…

Global Community Must Help Haiti Recover From ‘Double Tragedy’ Of Earthquake, Cholera

The Washington Post’s August 12 editorial on Haiti “rightly drew attention to the heavy and tragic toll of the cholera epidemic and the continued need for more resources and support,” and the U.N. “shares The Post’s concern,” Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, writes in a Washington Post…

Progress Made On WASH Standards, But Additional Commitments Needed, Report Says

“Political leadership and concrete action have led to good progress on creating universal and sustainable access to decent sanitation and drinking water, but additional efforts are needed to fulfill commitments by the 2014 deadline, a United Nations-backed partnership reported” on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “The 15 developing countries…

To Address Malnutrition, Improve Global Access To Clean Water, Sanitation

“There have been so many attempts to fix the water quality crisis, the public seems to have grown tired of it, and its impacts — especially malnutrition — have been swept under the proverbial rug,” Amanda Sperber, a communications fellow at mWater, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Water” blog. “This…

U.N. Appeals For Humanitarian Aid To Assist North Korea With Food, Health Care, Sanitation

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … on Thursday [welcomed an appeal] for funding to urgently provide food, health care and sanitation to millions of North Koreans, stressing that donors should not be deterred by the reclusive state’s nuclear ambitions,” Reuters reports (Nichols, 8/15). The U.N. “said $98 million is urgently needed…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. A meta-analysis “implies that the risk of early neonatal infection among women with maternal infections is high and presumably even higher in low-resource settings where most women deliver at home…

Gates Foundation Blog Publishes Posts Addressing Sanitation Issues In China, India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Doulaye Kone, a senior program officer for sanitation technologies and tools at the foundation, reports on the launch of “the first-ever country-specific Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in China,” writing, “The foundation has partnered with the University of…