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International Day Of The Midwife, Hand Hygiene Day Recognized On May 5

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. “In 2014 the new subtheme ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’ sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies,” according to a statement…

Rights Groups Protest Lack Of Reference To Human Right To Water In SDG Agenda

Inter Press Service: U.N.’s Post-2015 Agenda Skips the Right to Water and Sanitation “A U.N. working group mandated to formulate a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 development agenda is being accused of bypassing water and sanitation as a basic human right: a right long affirmed in…

Drought Compounds WASH, Health Problems In Syria, U.N. Says

New York Times: Syria: Drought Adds to Woes, U.N. Says “The supply of safe water in Syria is now one-third of the level it was before March 2011 when the civil war began, UNICEF said Friday in a report that warns of new levels of suffering because of a worsening…

U.N. Calls For International Collaboration To Improve Sanitation For Billions

“The U.N. [on Monday] called for collaboration between governments, the private sector and scientists to improve [the] sanitation needs of billions of people around the world and to focus on the issue of open defecation,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “More than 2.5 billion people around the world — more than…

USAID, Coca-Cola Announce Support For New Water And Development Alliance Programs

On Tuesday “at World Water Week in Stockholm, [USAID] and the Coca-Cola Company announced support for new programs under their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) that will provide over 190,000 people with improved clean water and/or improved sanitation services by the end of 2015,” a USAID press release reports. “As…

CSIS Report Examines Opportunities For U.S. To Support Water Sanitation Efforts In Haiti

The Center for Strategic & International Studies on Thursday released a new report [.pdf], titled “Water and Sanitation in the Time of Cholera,” which, according to the report summary, “considers opportunities for the United States to enhance its support for improving Haiti’s water supply and sanitation services and contributing to…

Appeal Calls For Post-2015 Development Target On Water, Sanitation

The Stockholm International Water Institute on Friday “issued a call for a post-2015 development target on water aimed at making better use of scarce water supplies, realizing the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increasing resilience to droughts and floods by 2030,” IRIN reports. “The appeal ……

U.N. Official Raises Awareness Of Open Defecation, Sanitation During World Water Week

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” examines U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s efforts to bring light to the problem of open defecation and poor sanitation. During a speech at the opening plenary of World Water Week in Stockholm on September 2, Eliasson, who also serves as chair of WaterAid Sweden,…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. A meta-analysis “implies that the risk of early neonatal infection among women with maternal infections is high and presumably even higher in low-resource settings where most women deliver at home…