Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).
Water and Sanitation
Tuesday marks World Water Day 2011, which this year focuses “on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems,” the Daily Times reports. The theme, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” “aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organisations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenge of urban water management,” the newspaper writes (Sarwar, 3/22).
Opinions: Counterfeit Medicines; Oral Rehydration Therapy; Increasing Access To Safe Drinking Water; Attracting R&D For Health Issues In Latin America
U.S. Must Lead In Global Fight Against Counterfeit Medicines “[T]he Obama administration and Congress should continue efforts to strengthen the safety of America’s drug supply and, simultaneously, coordinate a global response to the problem of counterfeit drugs,” Thomas Kubic, president & CEO of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute and a former…
Speaking out ahead of World Water Day on Tuesday, water experts have warned of growing water shortages worldwide, Inter Press Service reports.
Situation In Japan ‘Demands Calm, But Considered’ International Response: In light of the recent disaster in Japan and ongoing concerns over radiation in the country,”WHO might consider convening experts to review the consequences for human safety of nuclear energy, and the wider lessons to be learned from recent earthquakes,” a…
Concerns about radiation leaks from Japan’s nuclear plant, which was damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami, might be “diverting attention from potentially worse threats to public health … like the cold and disrupted supplies of water,” Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia; HIV Drug Development; Water Access In Angloa; Online Disease Tracking System; AIDS Deaths Fall In South Africa
IRIN/PlusNews Examines TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia IRIN/PlusNews reports onÂ the severe HIV and tuberculosis drug stock-outs and rationing that has occurred in Zambia, whichÂ lost its funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria late last year. Lynn Tamba, TB program officer at the Christian Health Association…
Also In Global Health News: EU-India Talks; China’s Health System Funding; Water In Ethiopia; Nonprofit Offering Health Services Abroad To Sell Off Assets; Polio In India
BMJ News Examines Ongoing EU-India Trade Talks’ Impact On Access To Affordable Medicines In a piece examining health advocates’ ongoing concerns over how free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between the EU and India could impact access to affordable generic medicines, BMJ News writes, “Patients’ representatives and health aid workers who…
Disease epidemics threaten tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the violence in Libya and crossed over into southern Tunisia, Eric Laroche, WHO assistant director-general for Health Action in Crises, said at a news briefing on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Britain To Cut Foreign Aid For 16 Countries, Focus More On Family Planning, Safe Water, Maternal Mortality
British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday announced major changes to the nation’s international aid program based on a nine-month review of the agency’s policies, Reuters reports. “This government is taking a radically different approach to aid. We want to be judged on our results, not on how much money we are spending,” Mitchell said of the changes to the aid program.