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World Must ‘Get Serious About Tackling’ Water, Sanitation

New York Times: Cholera and Clean Water Lisa Schectman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid “Drawing attention to the continuing catastrophe of cholera in Haiti is critical to bringing an end to the preventable suffering and death that stem from the true root cause: poor access to safe drinking…

Investing In WASH Will Lead To Improved Maternal, Child Health

The Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat” blog discusses links between maternal health and WASH, referencing a meta-analysis that concludes “women living in poor sanitation environments are three times as likely to die from maternal health-related issues compared to women who do not, while women living under poor…

Bill Gates Pledges To Match $100K For Water In Ethiopia

TIME: John Green and Bill Gates Are Teaming Up to Bring Clean Water to Ethiopia “…[Author John] Green’s biggest fans call themselves ‘Nerdfighters,’ those whose goal in life is to, in Green’s words, ‘decrease world suck,’ and [Bill] Gates seems to have joined the bandwagon, pledging to match the $100,000…

Clean Water, Sanitation Critical In Post-2015 Development Planning

News outlets report on issues surrounding access to clean water and the importance of including the issue in the post-2015 development agenda. The Guardian: Expert calls for moral crusade to bring clean water and sanitation to billions “A moral crusade similar to the campaign to abolish slavery will be needed…

Drought Compounds WASH, Health Problems In Syria, U.N. Says

New York Times: Syria: Drought Adds to Woes, U.N. Says “The supply of safe water in Syria is now one-third of the level it was before March 2011 when the civil war began, UNICEF said Friday in a report that warns of new levels of suffering because of a worsening…

Cholera Vaccine Becomes Accepted Tool In Outbreak Responses

Humanosphere: The Cholera Vaccine: from shunned idea to celebrated response Development blogger Tom Murphy examines how research using the cholera vaccine in local outbreaks has helped the vaccine become an accepted prevention tool during outbreaks (6/16).

Poor Sanitation In India Contributes To Childhood Malnutrition

New York Times: Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition “…Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that … many of the 162 million children under the age of five in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation…”…

Improved Water Access Would Help Lift Regions Out Of Poverty

Deseret News: Access to water is the first step in fighting poverty worldwide John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and director of the School of Business and Poverty at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison “…Each day, nearly 200 million…

Improving Access To Toilets Can Cut Child Stunting

The Guardian: What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Because of the public goods nature of access to improved water and sanitation (private income can take you only so far — there…

Global Development Lab Act Introduced In Senate

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: USAID Global Development Lab bill introduced in Senate Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the USAID Global Development Lab bill that was introduced in the U.S. Senate in June and would authorize USAID “to expand public-private…