UNICEF on Wednesday said it needs $6 million to continue treating water in Zimbabwe, which does not have the funds to do it on its own, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports.
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The WHO on Thursday said “that an unusually lethal strain of E. coli, which has infected more than 1,500 people in Germany, mystified public health officials and threatened to touch off panic in Europe, was a previously unknown variant of the bacteria, raising new concerns about the extent and severity of the contagion,” the New York Times reports.
Where Is Global Health On The G8 Agenda?: As the G8 summit began in Deauville, France, on Thursday, David Olson, the council’s director of policy communications,Â wrote on the Global Health Council’s “Blog 4 Global Health” that “global health is nowhere visible on the agenda,” which “is in striking contrast to…
A cholera outbreak in the Dominican Republic appears to be spreading and health officials are reporting hundreds of new cases, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
World Health Assembly Could Pass Resolutions Asking Governments To Improve Water, Sanitation, IPS Reports
Inter Press Service reports on the possibility that the World Health Assembly “could adopt landmark resolutions asking governments to improve water and sanitation to eradicate cholera and guinea worm,” the latter of which exists in only four countries â€“ Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Sudan.
“Water shortages are worst in Africa and the Middle East, and the hardest hit are nations in the Gulf, including Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, according to a study released Wednesday by risk analysis firm Maplecroft,” the Associated Press reports in an article examining the firm’s “Water Stress Index.”
Health authorities have raised alerts in 17 “mainly poor” neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo after 16 people were hospitalized with suspected cholera, BBC News reports (5/17).
Reuters featured an interivew with Afghanistan’s Acting Health Minister Suraya Dalil on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
An early rainy season has caused cholera to sweep through Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, “causing more than 250 deaths in two months alone, according to the government,” AlertNet reports.
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Lack Of Access To Sanitation In Asia Causing Preventable Diseases Though Asia’s economies have quickly rebounded from the 2008-2009 global recession, “dismal sanitation facilities are causing preventable diseases in poor communities where people would readily spend money on a mobile phone â€“ but not on a latrine,” according to social…