Targeting the five major causes of premature death could increase global life expectancy by almost five years, the WHO said Tuesday, Reuters reports. According to a WHO’s Global Health Risks report, which looked at 24 major health risks, “[p]oor childhood nutrition, unsafe sex, alcohol, bad sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure are to blame for around a quarter of the 60 million premature deaths around the world each year,” the news service writes.
Water and Sanitation
Filipinos are “struggling to live in flooded suburbs or crowded shelters one month after devastating rains began pounding the Philippines, and officials warn no quick fix is in sight,” Agence France-Presse reports. According to the WHO, 1.43 million people, “mostly in and around Manila, continue to endure a dangerous existence living in flooded districts” (Morella, 10/26).
The WHO on Thursday said the Philippines is requesting “international help to fight a deadly outbreak of an infectious disease following two devastating tropical storms,” Agence France-Presse reports. Parts of Manila, which are still flooded almost four weeks after Tropical Storm Ketsana hit, are experiencing an outbreak of the bacterial infection, leptospirosis (10/22).
Donors Failing To Provide Somali IDPs With Aid, U.N. Official Says At the conclusion of a week-long visit to the region, Walter Kalin, a top U.N. human-rights official “says the international community is failing in its duty to internally displaced persons in Somalia. More than 1.5 million people in Somalia…
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More Than 100 Infected, 5 Dead From Cholera In Zimbabwe A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has infected more than 100, resulting in five deaths, state media said Tuesday, Reuters reports, “raising fears of a repeat of last year’s epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives. The southern African country suffered…
At its general assembly in New Delhi, India, the World Medical Association (WMA), “a conglomerate of medical associations around the world,” approved a plan that aims “to minimise the risk of increased malnutrition deaths, diseases and injuries due to climate change,” IANS/Thaindian News reports (10/17).
“Survivors of two powerful storms that caused widespread destruction in the Philippines in recent weeks are threatened by outbreaks of potentially life-threatening diseases, as the country braces for another super-typhoon,” named Lupit, that is expected to make landfall on Thursday, the Guardian reports. “Charity workers say disease and poor sanitation could afflict large numbers of people, many of whom are still waiting for medical and other supplies from the government and international aid organizations,” the newspaper writes.
VOA News reports that more than 80 countries marked Global Handwashing Day Thursday. The news service writes that “[d]iarrhea is the third cause of death in West and Central Africa, which is responsible for 30 percent of the world’s deaths of children under the age of five.”
The WHO and UNICEF have released a seven-point treatment and prevention plan to reduce the number of children around the world who die from diarrhea, the BBC reports (10/14). BMJ News writes, “Every year 1.5 million children aged under 5 years die from diarrhoea, more than 80% of them in Africa and south Asia” (Zarocostas, 10/14).
Two articles examine efforts to recycle used hotel soaps to help prevent disease in developing countries. The Associated Press/Washington Post profiled the efforts of Atlanta-based Derreck Kayongo, a Ugandan “anti-poverty advocate.” Kayongo has launched “the Global Soap Project, an effort to help his country’s poorest – one used bar of…