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Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

Access To Clean Toilets, Education Improves Children’s Lives, UNICEF Reports

NPR: Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe “The world is in the midst of a porcelain revolution. Nearly two billion people have gained access to clean toilets, or at least a decent outhouse, since 1990, the non-profit UNICEF reports Thursday. … That rise in…

Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…

Skepticism, Lack Of Clean Water Challenge Rotavirus Vaccine Efforts In Cameroon

Inter Press Service: Vaccinating Against Their Will “The growing number of child deaths from diarrhea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhea. But growing skepticism over new vaccines, and lack of potable…

Billions Lack Access To WASH, Inequalities Persist, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a report released by the WHO and UNICEF highlighting inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation. IRIN: WASH gains mask growing inequalities “Inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation persist and in some cases are getting worse, although close to two billion people…

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Face Myriad Health Threats, PBS Reports

PBS NewsHour: Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls face serious risks “The [276] Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram face serious risks including malaria-carrying mosquitoes, unsafe drinking water and poisonous snakes. That’s according to Michelle Faul of the Associated Press, who spoke with Hari Sreenivasan from Lagos, Nigeria, about the…

WASH Should Be Integrated With Maternal Health, AMREF Official Says

Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Lisa Meadowcroft on Integrating Water and Sanitation With Maternal Health Goals in Kenya Donald Borenstein of the Wilson Center discusses a podcast featuring Lisa Meadowcroft of the African Medical and Research Foundation, who talks about integrating WASH with maternal health…

Ugandan Efforts To Curb Schistosomiasis Face Challenges

The Lancet: Uganda’s struggle with schistosomiasis “An effort is underway throughout Uganda to address the problem of NTDs, and particularly schistosomiasis, with community health workers going door-to-door to administer drugs. Since the program started there is a noticeable improvement in the health of the village, said a Bwondha elder, Salongo…

Displaced Persons In Western Myanmar Face Disease Risks, U.N. Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. warns of disease risk in western Myanmar displacement camps “Deteriorating living conditions and a looming rainy season are increasing the risk of waterborne diseases in the sprawling, squalid displacement camps in western Myanmar where tens of thousands of people live, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…”…

Health Officials Warn Of Disease Threats As Flood Waters Recede In Balkans

New York Times: Worries Turn to Disease as Waters Recede in Balkans “…Contaminated water has covered homes, towns and fields, turning much of Serbia’s most fertile agricultural region into a poisonous stew of toxic chemicals, rotting carcasses, and disease-carrying insects. So far, there have been no epidemic outbreaks, the health…

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