BetterÂ Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority LeaderÂ Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion pieceÂ about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect onÂ several healthÂ problems associated with unsanitaryÂ and crowded living…
Water and Sanitation
Millions Of Children In Developing World Have No Access To Clean Water, Latrines At School, Report Finds
A report (.pdf), released this week by UNICEF during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, documents the challenges many schoolchildren in developing countries face in accessing safe drinking water and sanitation, United Press International reports (4/6).
Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).
“Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us,” writes National Geographic [Nat Geo] editor Chris Jones as an introduction to the magazine’s April issue that examines the effects of diminishing water supplies around the world. “By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce,” he adds (3/15).
VOA News examines how growing populations and industrialization are contributing to deteriorating water conditions in the Asian-Pacific region â€“ ranked second lowest in the world for the availability of water, according to a recent U.N. report. “United Nations water resource experts say with a population of four billion people, the Asia-Pacific region faces the risk of conflicts over water as communities struggle to meet their needs,” due to a decrease in the amount and quality of water, according to the news service.
Also In Global Health News: Polio In Angola; Diarrhea Guidelines In Kenya; Water, Sanitation In Ghana
WHO To Give Angola $3M For Polio Vaccination Program The WHO will give Angola’s polio eradication program $3 million for a four stage vaccination program through December 2010, Jean Mari Yameogo, the WHO’s polio representative in Angola, said on Wednesday, the Angola Press reports. The WHO expects to spend about…
A new U.N. report (.pdf) finds that “the majority of Afghans live in dire poverty, despite an estimated $35 billion in aid being poured into the country between 2002 to 2009,” the Associated Press reports.
Also In Global Health News: Asia’s ‘Double Burden'; Guinea Worm Eradication; ARV, Antibiotic Treatment; Sierra Leone’s Medical Workers; Melinda Gates In India
Asians Facing ‘Double Burden’ Of Disease, Health Experts Warn During a two-day healthcare conference in Asia, health experts on Monday encouraged the governments of Asian countries to draft plans to tackle the long-term costs associated with chronic illnesses, Reuters reports. “Asia is facing a double burden,” of disease, said Bruce…
Also In Global Health News: H1N1; USAID’s Global Pulse; Rotavirus Vaccine; Uzbek Doctors; Zimbabwe Development; Malaria Vaccine
Independent Committee Formed To Evaluate WHO’s Response To H1N1; Cuba To Offer H1N1 Vaccine To 1.1 M WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda on Monday announced that a group of 29 independent scientists and public health experts has been formed to evaluate the response of the organization and national governments to…
Former President Bill Clinton asked aid groups working in Haiti on Thursday to focus on making the nation more self-sufficient, the Associated Press reports. Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, spoke ahead of a U.N. donor conference on rebuilding Haiti next week.