Several blogs, publications examine the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit: The MDGs serve a dual purpose “helping the poor countries to fight poverty and the rich countries to preserve a sense of social solidarity,” writes Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute in a post on the Guardian’s…
Water and Sanitation
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Burkina Faso Boosts Sanitation Investment To Meet MDG Burkina Faso will build 55,000 latrines each year to “improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10 percent to 54 percent by 2015,” Inter Press ServiceÂ reports.Â The health ministry highlighted that lack of access to toilets “leads to illness,…
After floods in northwest Pakistan have “already killed up to 1,200 people” and forced 2 million from their homes, authorities are now concerned about disease spread, the Associated Press reports. “To avert the looming threat of spread of waterborne diseases, especially cholera, we have dispatched dozens of mobile medical teams in the affected districts,” said medical official Sohail Altaf. Altaf said no concrete cases of cholera have been reported in the country but “fear of an outbreak is high,” and patients with “stomach problems from dirty water” are being seen in medical camps (Brummitt, 8/2).
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) visited Pakistan on Thursday “to assess the damage and relief efforts” as flooding continues and millions remain in need of humanitarian aid, the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper Kerry “said the United States would increase its flood aid to $150 million” (Masood/Gall, 8/19).
Pakistani government officials say the death toll from the country’s flooding stands at more than 1,600 and it could rise significantly as flood waters recede and more bodies are identified, CNN reports (8/28). “There is no official estimate of the number of missing because mass displacements have made accounting for them almost impossible,” according to Reuters (Haider, 8/29).
Ten Million Face Hunger In Central Africa; Niger Flooding Exacerbates Food Shortage, Leaves 200,000 Homeless
Flash floods have “worsened an already chronic humanitarian crisis caused by drought” in central Africa where aid agencies have warned that “10 million people are already facing severe food shortages, particularly in the landlocked countries of Chad and Niger, after a drought led to the failure of last year’s crops,” the Independent reports. “Now unusually heavy rains [in Niger] have washed away this year’s crops and killed cattle in a region dependent on subsistence agriculture,” and where only 40 percent of people affected by the food shortages are receiving aid, according to the agencies, including Oxfam and Save the Children.
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GHIÂ Builds On PEPFARÂ HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs A VOA News editorialÂ by the U.S. government reflects on last month’s International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, includingÂ key advancements such as the vaginal microbicide gel found to offer womenÂ some protectionÂ against HIV infection as well discussions about funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS and how the “criminalization…
The Australian reports on how four large businesses in India are looking to expand their ability to offer low-cost water purifiers to some of the country’s “poorest of the poor.”
World Bank To Provide $900M In Emergency Funding For Pakistan Floods, Country’s High Commissioner Provides Rough Damage Estimate
The World Bank on Monday “pledged to reroute money from other projects to provide $900 million in emergency funding to help Pakistan” with its flood recovery efforts, the New York Times reports (Ellick, 8/17).
A recent increase in the number of cholera outbreaks is threatening populations in pockets of the world, WHO’s cholera group coordinator Claire-Lise Chaignat, said on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports.