“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.
Water and Sanitation
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.
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New York Times Examines Visa Laws Effects On People Living With HIV/AIDS The New York Times examines a recent report by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch that says visa restrictions for people living with HIV/AIDS have been shown to jeopardize their health. “About a third of the worldâ€™s countries…
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Pakistan ‘s Allocations For Public Health MDG Lagging Despite U.N. Millennium Development Goals requiring the public health expenditure be raised to 2 percent of the GDP by 2015, currently 0.7 percent of Pakistan’s GDP has been allocated for the country’s health sector, the International News reports. “Pakistan is lagging behind…
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met with U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in an attempt to secure donations for a country in economic collapse, ZimOnline reports.
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EU Authorizes $11M In Humanitarian Aid For Zimbabwe; Prime Minister To Meet With Members of Congress Next Week
The E.U. on Tuesday authorized $11 million in humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe, VOA News reports.
Amid Zimbabwe’s growing humanitarian crisis, U.N. agencies on Monday released a revised statement of appeal for foreign donations totaling $718 million for “food, clean water, AIDS medicines and other aid â€“ up from an estimate of $550 million in November,” the AP/Washington Post reports.
Despite recent gains in reducing the cholera infection rate in Zimbabwe, the total number of cases in the region will likely cross the 100,000 mark within a week or two, according to a report released on Tuesday from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Zimbabwe Red Cross, BBC reports.