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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…

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…

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 Violence Against Women, Girls In India

The following opinion pieces address violence against women and girls in India, where a lack of toilets contributes to the problem. Huffington Post: When is Enough, Enough? India’s Women and Girls Must Be Safe to Live Their Lives Sarah Degnan Kambou, president of the International Center for Research on Women…

Drought Compounds WASH, Health Problems In Syria, U.N. Says

New York Times: Syria: Drought Adds to Woes, U.N. Says “The supply of safe water in Syria is now one-third of the level it was before March 2011 when the civil war began, UNICEF said Friday in a report that warns of new levels of suffering because of a worsening…

Absence Of Toilets In India Contributes To Child Malnutrition

LiveMint: Why India’s sanitation crisis is a public health emergency Sunil Chandramouli “…The absence of sanitation is not just a threat to the safety of women but also to the health of children. … Research suggests that an unhygienic environment combined with high population density creates a perfect storm for…

Women’s Safety Linked To Access To Toilets, Experts Say After Indian Rape, Murder

Associated Press: Indian gang rape case highlights lack of toilets “…Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, last week’s horrific crime is drawing attention to a glaring problem across the country that threatens women’s safety: the lack of toilets. … ‘Around 65 percent of the rural population in India…

Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF “Two teenage girls have been…

U.N. Launches Campaign To Improve Access To Toilets, End Open Defecation By 2025

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to improve access to basic sanitation and end the practice of open defecation. Inter Press Service: U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025 “…[T]he United Nations Wednesday formally launched a global campaign to help improve access to toilets for…