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Development Community Must Work Together To Improve Sanitation, Water

Huffington Post: Sanitation and Water for All — Because We Must Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation and hygiene and associate director of programs at UNICEF “In just under two weeks around 50 countries from the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership will meet at the World Bank in…

WHO Calls For Renewed Focus On Vector-Borne Diseases

Media sources report on WHO’s call for renewed focus on vector-borne disease control for World Health Day 2014, recognized on April 7. VOA News: Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows “The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing…

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…

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…

Cholera Outbreak Fears Mount After Flooding In Nepal

Agence France-Presse: Nepal floods kill 101 as cholera fears mount “The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers found four more bodies, officials said Monday, as they battled to prevent a cholera outbreak…” (8/18).