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WHO Calls For Renewed Focus On Vector-Borne Diseases

Media sources report on WHO’s call for renewed focus on vector-borne disease control for World Health Day 2014, recognized on April 7. VOA News: Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows “The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing…

Development Community Must Work Together To Improve Sanitation, Water

Huffington Post: Sanitation and Water for All — Because We Must Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation and hygiene and associate director of programs at UNICEF “In just under two weeks around 50 countries from the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership will meet at the World Bank in…

USAID Launches Water Innovation Prizes In Recognition Of World Water Day

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” in recognition of World Water Day, USAID Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Christian Holmes discusses U.S. government efforts to invest in water. In particular, USAID is launching the Desal Prize, a prize “in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Ministry of…

Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

Expert Panel Discusses Sustainable Sanitation In Guardian Forum

The Guardian: 14 ways to make sanitation sustainable “What has more impact, new technology or behavioral change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts…” (Young, 3/26).

USAID Working To Meet Water, Food, Health Needs In Kenya

Chris Holmes, global water coordinator and deputy assistant administrator at USAID, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog about “how USAID’s water programs around the world contribute to integrated approaches that meet the objectives of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy, as well as the Feed the Future and the…

USAID Releases March Issue Of ‘Global Waters’

USAID has released its March 2014 issue of Global Waters. “The magazine features in-depth articles exploring solutions to the ongoing water crisis, opinion pieces by top development professionals, and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries” (3/20).

Water, Energy Play Key Development Roles, U.N. Says On World Water Day

U.N. News Centre: World Water Day: U.N. highlights water, energy links for sustainable development “To mark World Water Day, the United Nations is highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development and the eradication of poverty worldwide, and calling for strong measures to ensure their efficient…

Cholera In Haiti Continues To Persist Despite Abundance Of Foreign Aid

NPR: Why Cholera Persists In Haiti Despite An Abundance Of Aid “It’s been more than three years since cholera struck Haiti. And the epidemic continues today. The deadly bacteria have killed more than 8,500 people and infected hundreds of thousands. Why has the outbreak been so hard to stop, even…