The fiscal year 2010 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for global health-related measures, “is moving on the Hill as part of a mammoth catch-all spending bill that’s expected to move through both chambers this month,” Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports.
Water and Sanitation
U.N. Weather Agency Predicts Heightened Disease Spread With Rising Temps; Globe And Mail Examines Potential Health Effects Of Climate Change In Africa
The decade 2000-2009 “is very likely to be the warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years,” the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, the Associated Press reports.
EPA Declares Greenhouse Gases A Threat To Public Health; Other Health Issues Addressed At Climate Conference
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday “said greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare in a decision that could eventually lead to new emissions regulations,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Ball/Forelle/Talley, 12/7).
More than 70 agencies, led by the U.N., launched a request on Monday for $378 million in aid, which will be used to improve health and food security, as well as water and sanitation, Reuters reports. Though Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government has improved some “social conditions in the country,” the agencies “say more needs to be done”(Banya, 12/7).
Also In Global Health News: Clean Water In India; Cholera In Kenya; Zuma, Gates Discuss HIV/AIDS; MDR-TB In Marshall Islands; Sanitation In Jakarta
News Outlets Examine Water Purifier Launched In India India’s Tata Group on Monday “unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, which it hopes will provide safe drinking water for millions and cut the toll of deadly diseases,” Agence France-Presse/mysinchew.com reports. The purifier, named the Tata Swach, was designed to run in…
AP/BusinessWeek examines the Singapore-based company Rigel Technology’s efforts to sell “state-of-the-art portable, fertilizer-making, toilets for as low as $30” in developing countries.
Also In Global Health News: Cell Phones Reduce Maternal Mortality; Kenya Cholera Outbreak; Drug-Resistant Salmonella
Cell Phone Program Reduces Maternal Mortality In Ghana IRINÂ looks at local programs in Ghana that “have cut dramatically the number of women dying during childbirth” by facilitating medical care through cell phone use.Â The publication writes that three years ago as part of the Millennium Villages project, “mobile handset producer Ericsson…
TIME examines growing concerns about increasing risks of a cholera outbreak among the people of Zimbabwe, after an outbreak last year claimed “close to 5,000 lives in the country of 12 million.”
Reuters reports that as a new camp capable of hosting 10,000 to 12,000 refugees in Yemen will open in a few weeks, “[m]alnutrition and the risk of a cholera outbreak are threatening lives at Yemen’s main camp [Masrak] for people fleeing fighting in the north.”
The Daily Monitor examines efforts underway to improve sanitation and promote hygiene in Ethiopia. According to the country’s Ministry of Health, “sanitation coverage of Ethiopia has made progressive achievement reaching 54.8% in the current year from 11.5% in 2003,” the newspaper reports.Â Â During the recent 2nd National Sanitation and Hygiene…