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Reuters Examines Relationship Between Brazil’s Infrastructure Inequality, Zika

Reuters: Infrastructure inequality is catalyst for Brazil’s Zika epidemic “…Brazil made significant gains against inequality over the past decade, hauling some 40 million people out of poverty. But the Zika outbreak, detected for the first time in the Americas last year, and the worst recession in decades have exposed the…

Vaccines, Access To Toilets, Clean Water Critical To Ending Polio

U.N. Dispatch: Want To Stop Polio? Vaccines Are Crucial. But So Are Toilets. Karen Coates, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, discusses the importance of vaccines and access to toilets for the eradication of polio, writing, “Ultimately, it takes a combination of vaccines, toilets,…

Cyclone Winston Hits Fiji, Killing At Least 21, Spawning Health Concerns

Reuters: Death toll from Fiji cyclone mounts amid health crisis fears “Fiji began a massive cleanup on Monday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the Pacific island nation, killing 21 people, flattening remote villages, and cutting off communications. Aid agencies warned of…

Gates Foundation To Expand Investments In Reducing Global Burden Of Typhoid

Devex: Tackling the silent killers of children Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Based on our understanding of the global burden of typhoid and the public health threat, the [Gates Foundation] has made a recent decision to expand…

Continuing Conflict Exacerbates Health, Humanitarian Crises In Yemen

The Lancet: Yemen’s neglected health and humanitarian crisis “Despite the easing of a naval blockade, Yemen still faces severe shortages of medicines, water, and fuel amid ongoing coalition airstrikes across the country…” (Burki, 2/20).

Lesotho Experiencing Water, Food Shortages Amid Drought, U.N. Says

The Guardian: Lesotho’s ‘green drought’ pushes thousands deeper into hunger “…A second year of inadequate rains has dried up water sources across the small mountain kingdom, killed livestock, and may leave as many as one in three Basotho requiring food aid until next year, according to local U.N. officials. Lesotho…

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