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Charity:Water Kicks Off Campaign, Shows Water Issue Is Women’s Issue

Huffington Post: Proof That The Clean Water Crisis Is A Women’s Issue “To kick off its campaign for change, nonprofit group Charity:Water has released a new short film on the dearth of clean water in the Sahel — ‘one of the harshest places to live in the world’ — and…

Private Investment Needed To Improve Sanitation In India

Huffington Post: Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India John Sauer, head of external relations for international programs at Water For People “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of the sanitation situation in India. … But there is reason for optimism if you look at the story…

Water Shortage In Ugandan Resettlement Camps Causing Tensions

VOA News: South Sudan Refugees in Uganda Struggle with Water Shortages South Sudanese refugees in Uganda “are not only battling homesickness and fear for the future of their country, but also tough challenges in the camp, including a chronic shortage of clean water that has led to tensions with the…

IRIN Examines Interaction Between Water, Conflict

IRIN: Analysis: Water and conflict “…Ahead of a water security summit in Malaysia on 23 April called the 2014 Aid & International Development Forum, IRIN talked to experts to learn more” about the interaction of water and conflict (4/22).

World Must ‘Get Serious About Tackling’ Water, Sanitation

New York Times: Cholera and Clean Water Lisa Schectman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid “Drawing attention to the continuing catastrophe of cholera in Haiti is critical to bringing an end to the preventable suffering and death that stem from the true root cause: poor access to safe drinking…

Investing In WASH Will Lead To Improved Maternal, Child Health

The Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat” blog discusses links between maternal health and WASH, referencing a meta-analysis that concludes “women living in poor sanitation environments are three times as likely to die from maternal health-related issues compared to women who do not, while women living under poor…

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…

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…