African countries should focus on preventing diarrhea â€“ the biggest killer of children in Africa â€“ in order to achieve Millennium Development Goal targets, Yunia Musaazi, WaterAid’s East Africa policy advisor, told delegates at the 15th African Union (AU) Summit, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
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Somalia Humanitarian Aid Underfunded; Donors Discouraged Due To Violence “U.N. humanitarian activities in Somalia are severely underfunded, hurting Somalis who are outside areas controlled by Islamist rebels, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. The news service writes that humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden “told reporters health, water and…
Opinions: AIDS Vaccine And Cure; China’s Role In The Global Fund; Child Marriage Prevention Act; Gorbachev On Safe Water
AIDS Vaccine, Cure Important Long-Term Solutions A Globe and Mail editorial discusses the importance of “the quest for an AIDS vaccine and the search for a cure,” stating that “it is simply not possible to ‘treat’ our way out of this disease.” The authors write thatÂ “for every person who receives…
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday announced several new development- and health-related aid projects for Pakistan worth more than $500 million, Reuters reports (Quinn, 7/19).
Marking the six month anniversary of Haiti’s major earthquake, President Barack Obama thanked Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez on Monday for his country’s help, Agence France-Presse reports.
British Red Cross Report Says Aid Organizations Cannot Provide Sanitation Services In Haiti Indefinitely
Aid agencies providing sanitation and water services in Haiti are stretched to their capacities and cannot help indefinitely, the British Red Cross said in a report Wednesday,” according to the Associated Press/Taiwan News. Meanwhile, Caricom says that the U.N. should step in to coordinate the relief programs.
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UNAIDS Praises Namibia For Lifting HIV Travel Ban “Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, “51…
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USAID Program To Prevent Spread Of BirdÂ FluÂ In Bangladesh ExpandsÂ All Headline News reports on a USAID-funded initiative to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) Bangladesh initiative includes the “renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for…
“African nations led by Somalia, Mauritania and Sudan have the most precarious water supplies in the world while Iceland has the best,” according to a report released Thursday, Reuters reports.
Efforts to curb poverty worldwide have been slowed by the global economic situation, but the developing world is still on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day by 2015 â€“ according to an annual U.N. report (.pdf) on the MDGs, which this year shows a “mixed picture” on reaching all eight targets â€“ the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 6/23).