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Johns Hopkins Report Recommends Better Epidemic Preparedness, Response To Cholera In Yemen, Other Humanitarian Emergencies

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Lack of Preparedness and Insecurity Hampered Response to Cholera Epidemic in Yemen “…The new report [from the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health], ‘Cholera in Yemen: a case study of epidemic preparedness and response,’ calls for better anticipation of and preparedness for epidemics…

Aid Organizations Discuss Food, Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen, Response Efforts

International Rescue Committee: New nutrition analysis confirms children are being starved in Yemen “A new integrated food security and classification (IPC) report shows that 240,000 Yemeni civilians are living in famine condition and 9.8 million are on the brink of famine, a shocking increase of 42 percent … since 2017.…

More News In Global Health

Agence France-Presse: Sri Lanka in bold bid to flush out open defecation (3/5). Agence France-Presse: Survivor antibody clears path for new Ebola vaccine (3/4). Agence France-Presse: Niger launches campaign to protect 6 mn children from meningitis (3/5). Al Jazeera: Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx (Grattan, 3/5). CIDRAP…

Drought In Pakistan Triggers ‘Alarmingly High’ Rates of Malnutrition, Disease, IFRC Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Disease, hunger “alarmingly high” in drought-hit Pakistan: Red Cross “One of the worst droughts in Pakistan’s history has triggered ‘alarmingly high’ levels of malnutrition and disease in the hardest hit areas where people have been forced to drink salty or contaminated water, the Red Cross said on…

U.N. Should Take ‘Stronger Stance’ On Protecting Health Facilities, WASH Infrastructure In Humanitarian Emergencies, JHSPH Expert Says

World Economic Forum: We must stop turning a blind eye to the world’s health crises Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the challenges of responding to humanitarian disasters, especially in conflict zones like the Democratic Republic of…

Clean Water, Sanitation Vital To Global Health

USA TODAY: If you’re safe from cholera, thank my dad, a plumber (and thank the ancient Romans) Lindsay Denny, senior public health program associate for the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Emory University and health adviser for Global Water 2020 “…The singular effectiveness of clean water,…

More News In Global Health

The Guardian: Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘due to unchecked borders’ (Ahmed, 2/20). The Guardian: Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100 — research (Boseley, 2/20). The Guardian: Condom handouts in schools prevent disease without encouraging sex (Ratcliffe, 2/15). Homeland Preparedness News: Potential bioterrorist use of…

U.N., Partners Appeal For $920M To Assist Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

U.N. News: U.N. and partners appeal for $920 million to meet ‘dire needs’ of Rohingya refugees “With more than 745,000 Rohingya having fled violence in Myanmar to settle in Bangladesh, joining roughly 200,000 others already sheltering there, United Nations aid agencies and partners launched an appeal on Friday to help…

USAID Releases Annual Acting On The Call Report

USAID: Acting on the Call: Preventing Child & Maternal Deaths USAID released its 2019 Acting on the Call report, which provides an overview of U.S. investments in women’s and children’s health, examines how to best work with countries on their development journeys, and identifies four key principles to accelerate development…

PATH Program Officer Discusses Importance Of WASH Services In Quality Health Care Delivery

PATH’s “DefeatDD Blog”: Hospitals Without Water, Toilets, or Soap Make the Sick Even More Vulnerable to Infection Adam Drolet, program officer at PATH, discusses the importance of WASH services in health care facilities, writing, “Without clean and safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, patients and providers are at a much higher…