“The rapid growth of crowded cities has helped spread and increase the transmission of dengue around the world, health experts said on Tuesday, warning up to 3 billion people were already at risk,” Reuters reports.
Water and Sanitation
According to Canada’s National Post, a humanitarian coalition “warns East Africa faces ‘a perfect storm of crop failures, a multi-year lack of rain, conflicts and political turmoil,’ which now threatens 20 million people with severe hunger.”
Also In Global Health News: Tanzania’s Development Initiatives; Disease Surveillance In West Africa; Water, Sanitation In Kenya, Malawi; Doctor Fights Lassa Fever
U.S. Speaker Of The House Recognizes Tanzania’s Commitment To Development Initiatives House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,Â recently commended Tanazanian President Jakaya Kikwete on the country’s utilization of U.S. aid money and vowed her support for the country’s future development projects, during a meeting in Washington, D.C.,Â the Zimbabwean reports. “Pelosi hailed President…
USAID announced Thursday a $1 million commitment to a Red Cross projected aimed at helping those “living along southern Africa’s Zambezi River cope with worsening natural disasters because of climate change,” the AP/Washington Post reports.
“As scientists warn that the worldâ€™s fresh water supplies will soon run critically short, and companies scramble to privatize them, some researchers and activists say water should be considered a basic human right,” Wired’s blog, “Wired Science” writes of an editorial published in PLoS Medicine Tuesday.
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Near Drought In India Is ‘Matter Of Concern’ The Observer examines the water shortage in India. “India’s vast farming economy is on the verge of crisis. The lack of rain has hit northern areas most, but even in Mumbai, which has experienced heavy rainfall and flooding, authorities were forced to…
Despite increasing danger posed by “al Qaeda-linked militants,” U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said Tuesday U.N. aid workers “were not backing away” from the country, Reuters reports.
The U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) recently allocated $6 million to address several health challenges facing the country, IRIN reports.
“[E]ven when it is not covered in the news or noticed by the public, cholera occurs regularly in the developing world, and the annual number of cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased over the past few years to more than half a million cases and 7,816…
“In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water, and people have embraced the entire week in an attempt to shine the spotlight on the global water issues,” Carl Hensman, a program officer in the water, sanitation, and hygiene program at the Bill &…