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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.…

Dengue Outbreak In São Paulo Exacerbated By Drought

Wall Street Journal: Drought-Stricken São Paulo Battles Dengue Fever Outbreak “Inhabitants of this megacity [São Paulo, Brazil], suffering through the worst drought in decades, have unwittingly contributed to an outbreak of dengue fever by storing scarce water in open containers. The tropical mosquito-borne virus, which often results in high fever,…

Report Outlines Steps To Secure Water Sources To Prevent Conflict, Achieve Global Development

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ending subsidies, water sector graft key for global development — U.N. “A crackdown on corruption in the water sector and increasing investment in infrastructure are essential to avoid conflicts over water, ‘life’s most vital resource,’ a United Nations University report said on Tuesday. Population growth, economic insecurity,…