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Countries Engage In Public Awareness Activities Surrounding Global Handwashing Day

“From Ethiopia and Yemen to Bolivia and Vietnam, millions of children [on Tuesday took] part in the sixth annual United Nations-backed Global Handwashing Day, driving home the message that the simple use of soap and water can slash highly preventable diarrheal diseases that kill 1,400 children under five every day,”…

International Community Observes World Toilet Day

“Some 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, the United Nations said, and more than one billion practice open defecation — a problem that contributes to countless deaths from preventable diseases,” the Associated Press reports, noting World Toilet Day is observed November 19. “Each year, more than…

WASH Important To Preventing Diarrheal Diseases Among Children

Huffington Post: The Fundamental Question About Water Hope Randall, communications associate with the Defeat Diarrheal Disease (DefeatDD) Initiative at PATH “…Since 1990, we have cut the number of global child deaths in half … WASH continues to be one of the most practical ways we can fulfill our commitment to…

Providing Subsidies, Information For Latrine Building More Effective Than Either Alone, Study Shows

Humanosphere: To get people to build toilets, turn to subsidies Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses “[r]esearch published in Science Magazine last week show[ing] that providing subsidies for the construction of latrines in northwest Bangladesh was more effective than information and motivation programs. Putting the two together produced even better results…”…

Lack Of WASH Access Affects Health Care In Mali, Guardian Podcast Reports

The Guardian: Water and sanitation in health centers in Mali — podcast transcript “…This is Lucy Lamble. And this month on the Guardian’s Global Development podcast we look at how health centers in Mali are affected by this problem. I visit the rural village of Diatoula and a clinic in…

Progress Toward MDGs Shows Mixed Results, U.N. Report Suggests

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015 “The United Nations health agency [Wednesday] reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria, and…

Health Conditions Deteriorate Among Burundian Refugees In Tanzania, WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Burundi humanitarian crisis worsens as political tensions in country grow “The humanitarian crisis caused by the ‘escalating political tensions’ in Burundi has worsened, according to the United Nations which today reported an uptick in the number of Burundian refugees seeking asylum and a deterioration in health conditions…

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