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Damage Assessments, Humanitarian Aid Begin After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

The Atlantic: A Cyclone Destroys a Nation “Torrential rains and winds up to 185 miles per hour lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, downing power lines and flattening buildings throughout the country. The official death toll of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Pam, is eight, but the…

Successful Rural Health Programs Need Service Integration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead Using a small Indian village as an example, Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, discusses “the importance of working to ensure health services are integrated across vaccines, family planning,…

Incorrect Condom Disposal Clogging Sewer Lines In Lusaka, Zambia

Bloomberg Business: Condoms Clog Lusaka Sewers as Zambia Battles HIV Spread “Zambia’s fight against the spread of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is having unintended consequences: Used condoms are clogging sewage pipelines in Lusaka, the capital. Every day, an estimated 3,000 latex condoms are flushed down the toilet and end…

Cholera Outbreaks In Southern Africa Due To Heavy Rains, Poor Sanitation

VOA News: Poor Sanitation Spawns Southern Africa Cholera Outbreak “Cholera has again reared its ugly head in Southern Africa, infecting nearly 6,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi, and now Zimbabwe. Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of this outbreak, but poor sanitation continues to plague this region, and…

As Fresh Water Supplies Shrink, More Nations Compete For Access

The Guardian: Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis “…Across the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up. More than a billion individuals — one in seven people on the planet — now lack access to safe drinking water.…