“Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us,” writes National Geographic [Nat Geo] editor Chris Jones as an introduction to the magazine’s April issue that examines the effects of diminishing water supplies around the world. “By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce,” he adds (3/15).
Water and Sanitation
VOA News examines how growing populations and industrialization are contributing to deteriorating water conditions in the Asian-Pacific region â€“ ranked second lowest in the world for the availability of water, according to a recent U.N. report. “United Nations water resource experts say with a population of four billion people, the Asia-Pacific region faces the risk of conflicts over water as communities struggle to meet their needs,” due to a decrease in the amount and quality of water, according to the news service.
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WHO To Give Angola $3M For Polio Vaccination Program The WHO will give Angola’s polio eradication program $3 million for a four stage vaccination program through December 2010, Jean Mari Yameogo, the WHO’s polio representative in Angola, said on Wednesday, the Angola Press reports. The WHO expects to spend about…
A new U.N. report (.pdf) finds that “the majority of Afghans live in dire poverty, despite an estimated $35 billion in aid being poured into the country between 2002 to 2009,” the Associated Press reports.
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Asians Facing ‘Double Burden’ Of Disease, Health Experts Warn During a two-day healthcare conference in Asia, health experts on Monday encouraged the governments of Asian countries to draft plans to tackle the long-term costs associated with chronic illnesses, Reuters reports. “Asia is facing a double burden,” of disease, said Bruce…
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Independent Committee Formed To Evaluate WHO’s Response To H1N1; Cuba To Offer H1N1 Vaccine To 1.1 M WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda on Monday announced that a group of 29 independent scientists and public health experts has been formed to evaluate the response of the organization and national governments to…
Former President Bill Clinton asked aid groups working in Haiti on Thursday to focus on making the nation more self-sufficient, the Associated Press reports. Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, spoke ahead of a U.N. donor conference on rebuilding Haiti next week.
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WHO Warns Bird Flu Continues To Pose Threat Despite a reduction in the number of cases of avian flu (H5N1) since its peak in 2006, the WHO said in a statement Wednesday that “the newly confirmed human and poultry cases of avian influenza this year are a reminder that the…
Marking World Water Day in a speech Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said tackling the world’s water problems “represents one of the great diplomatic and development opportunities of our time,” Inter Press Service reports. “It’s not every day you find an issue where effective diplomacy and development will allow you to save millions of lives, feed the hungry, empower women, advance our national security interests, protect the environment, and demonstrate to billions of people that the United States cares,” she said.
Opinion Piece Outlines Challanges Facing Global Fund In an Economic Times opinion piece, Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University outlines what he sees as “two huge challenges facing” the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:Â “The first is lack of financing.Â … The second challenge is to…