“Water shortages are worst in Africa and the Middle East, and the hardest hit are nations in the Gulf, including Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, according to a study released Wednesday by risk analysis firm Maplecroft,” the Associated Press reports in an article examining the firm’s “Water Stress Index.”
Water and Sanitation
Health authorities have raised alerts in 17 “mainly poor” neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo after 16 people were hospitalized with suspected cholera, BBC News reports (5/17).
Reuters featured an interivew with Afghanistan’s Acting Health Minister Suraya Dalil on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
An early rainy season has caused cholera to sweep through Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, “causing more than 250 deaths in two months alone, according to the government,” AlertNet reports.
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A WHO team has visited the western region of Cote d’Ivoire to assess damage to the medical system and identify ways to improve access to care, following months of violence after the country’s presidential election last year, U.N. News Centre reports.
Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, according to a World Bank-IMF report released Friday to coincide with a meeting of the groups in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Agence France-Presse/Edmonton Journal reports (4/16).
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday highlighted its concerns about the health situation in Cote d’Ivoire, Reuters reports.