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UNICEF Marks World Water Day

In a press release observing World Water Day, which takes place every year on March 22, UNICEF notes, “The MDG target for drinking water was met and passed in 2010, when 89 per cent of the global population had access to improved sources of drinking water — such as piped…

UNICEF Focuses On Children’s Need For Safe Water

In anticipation of World Water Day on March 22, a UNICEF blog underlines the need to continue focusing on water and sanitation needs of children, and describes some of the programs taking place in the world’s poorest areas (Walker, 3/19).

Blogs Discuss WASH In Recognition Of World Water Day

Courtney McGuire with the Children Without Worms and the International Trachoma Initiative writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, “Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day—an important occasion not just for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, but for the neglected tropical disease (NTD)…

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…

IRIN Discusses The Role Of WASH Programs In Conflict Resolution

IRIN: Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programs “Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in program design, experts say. … However, WASH programs… must be carefully crafted if they are to take into account local socio-political conditions…” (3/14).

‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

Haiti’s Sanitation System Needs Donor Assistance To Improve

New Yorker: Haiti’s Shadow Sanitation System Jonathan Katz, writer based in Durham, N.C. “…Building a nationwide water and sanitation infrastructure would cost $1.6 billion, Pedro Medrano Rojas, the new U.N. senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti, told me. … Many advocates argue that the billions in needed investments must…

World Water Day Promotes Access To WASH

“…The adverse impact of dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation reaches far beyond health. The diseases that stem from a lack of WASH keep children out of school and prevent parents from working, thereby decreasing human capital, worker productivity and gross domestic product. However, by addressing these diseases together…

U.S. Should Support Haiti Cholera Victims In Lawsuit With U.N.

Al Jazeera: The U.N. is not above the law Lauren Carasik, clinical professor of law and director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law “Few people dispute that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, is culpable…

More Support Needed For Water, Sanitation Efforts In Haiti, U.N. Official Says

The Guardian: Cholera epidemic in Haiti ‘poses major threat to Latin America and Caribbean’ “Haiti needs a ‘Marshall plan’ for water and sanitation to quell a cholera epidemic which poses a major threat to the Caribbean and Latin America, according to the U.N. assistant secretary general. Pedro Medrano Rojas, who…