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Dengue Deaths Surge In Malaysia; Citizens Urged To Drain Stagnant Water

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Soar in Malaysia “Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, Malaysia has launched a community-driven neighborhood cleaning program to destroy breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the virus. The initiative, launched on Sunday across 110 dengue hot spots, involves citizens and local…

WASH Efforts See Urban-Rural Gaps In Laos

IRIN: Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide “Laos has been growing at eight percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn. Nearly half of the Lao…

Progress On WASH Critical To Post-2015 Development

Devex: Turning the post-2015 trickle into a flood Girish Menon, director of international operations for WaterAid U.K. “…The debate around what will follow the MDGs has been long and complex. There are many issues on the table. But putting safe WASH front and center is not negotiable. Sanitation and hygiene…

More Support Needed For Water, Sanitation Efforts In Haiti, U.N. Official Says

The Guardian: Cholera epidemic in Haiti ‘poses major threat to Latin America and Caribbean’ “Haiti needs a ‘Marshall plan’ for water and sanitation to quell a cholera epidemic which poses a major threat to the Caribbean and Latin America, according to the U.N. assistant secretary general. Pedro Medrano Rojas, who…

U.S. Should Support Haiti Cholera Victims In Lawsuit With U.N.

Al Jazeera: The U.N. is not above the law Lauren Carasik, clinical professor of law and director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law “Few people dispute that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, is culpable…

Haiti’s Sanitation System Needs Donor Assistance To Improve

New Yorker: Haiti’s Shadow Sanitation System Jonathan Katz, writer based in Durham, N.C. “…Building a nationwide water and sanitation infrastructure would cost $1.6 billion, Pedro Medrano Rojas, the new U.N. senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti, told me. … Many advocates argue that the billions in needed investments must…

‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

World Water Day Promotes Access To WASH

“…The adverse impact of dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation reaches far beyond health. The diseases that stem from a lack of WASH keep children out of school and prevent parents from working, thereby decreasing human capital, worker productivity and gross domestic product. However, by addressing these diseases together…

IRIN Discusses The Role Of WASH Programs In Conflict Resolution

IRIN: Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programs “Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in program design, experts say. … However, WASH programs… must be carefully crafted if they are to take into account local socio-political conditions…” (3/14).

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…