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USAID To Provide $126M To Help Rebuild Ebola-Stricken West African Health Systems

USAID: USAID Announces $126 Million to Rebuild Life-Saving Health Services in Ebola-Affected Countries “U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced plans to spend $126 million to help rebuild West African health systems impacted by the Ebola outbreak at the Global Citizen Concert on the National Mall.…

West Africa Must Adopt Sustainable Sanitation Models To Overcome WASH Challenges, Expert Says

Xinhua News/GlobalPost: Interview: Expert urges self-sustaining sanitation models for West Africa “For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self-sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH),…

Drought In North Korea Threatens WASH Access, Children’s Health, UNICEF Says

Reuters: Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk — UNICEF “A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been…

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Gets More Traction As Global Health Issue

NPR: People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About “…[A]ddressing [menstrual hygiene] is a challenge, says [Elynn Walter, an activist who works at WASH Advocates], because even otherwise level-headed experts on poverty tend to get squeamish when the talk turns to periods. In fact, Walter thinks…

Investments In WASH Would Help Improve Child Nutrition, Lower Incidence Of Stunting

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why a lack of toilets are stunting children’s heights and hopes Dan Jones, advocacy coordinator at WaterAid “…A new report released by WaterAid this week reveals that India has the greatest number of children in the world suffering from stunted growth … It’s no coincidence that India…

‘Blended Financing’ Approaches Could Help Achieve Universal Access To Water, Sanitation

World Bank Group’s “Water Blog”: Achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 — how can blended finance help? Joel Kolker, lead water and sanitation specialist at the World Bank, and Sophie TrĂ©molet, senior economist in the World Bank Water Global Practice, discuss the role of “blended financing” –…