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.”
Water and Sanitation
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…
Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.
Also In Global Health News: HIV Immigration Rules; Global Fund Aid In Kenya; Water Shortage In Yemen; Testing For TB
NPR Examines U.S. HIV Immigration Rules NPR examines U.S. policy for HIV-positive visitors and immigrants. While “Congress has removed the statute, and the Department of Health and Human Services is working on a more lenient immigration rule,” NPR reports that “many non-citizens with HIV who are currently in this country…
The Washington Post examines how the “No Toilet, No Bride” campaign in India is helping to increase access to home toilets in rural India. According to the newspaper, “About 665 million people in India — about half the population — lack access to latrines.” Yet, since the campaign launched two years ago, “1.4 million toilets have been built here in the northern state of Haryana, some with government funds, according to the state’s health department” â€“ a movement that women’s rights activists hail as “a revolution.”
Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…
A clinical trial of an Indian-made “modified killed-whole-cell” oral cholera vaccine “that meets WHO standards” has found that the vaccine is safe and effective in children living in parts of India where the disease is endemic, Reuters reports. The researchers, who reported their findings in the Lancet, hope to soon introduce the vaccine into other cholera endemic settings.
U.N. Appeals For $74M To Provide Emergency Assistance In The Philippines; Health-Effects Of Other Natural Disasters
Several news outlets published articles about the health-related effects in the aftermath of natural disasters around the globe: The U.N. on Tuesday launched an appeal for $74 million “to provide emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of two catastrophic typhoons that have struck the Philippines in less than…
Health Officials Spray Indonesian City To Prevent Diseases; News Outlets Examine Other Natural Disasters
News outlets explore the health implications of natural disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, Tonga, Samoa and India.