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Op-Eds: HIV Travel Ban; Improving Sanitation; Counterfeit Drugs

‘Blot’ On U.S. HIV/AIDS Leadership Removed  A “blot” on U.S. HIV/AIDS leadership “ended last month when President [Barack] Obama lifted the prohibition” that kept HIV-positive foreigners from visiting the U.S. or seeking residency, according to a Washington Post editorial. “The process for eliminating the travel ban started under President George W.…

For World Toilet Day, News Outlets Examine Poor Sanitation Conditions Around World

In light of World Toilet Day Thursday, several news outlets examine the impact of poor sanitation on health. Reuters examines the challenges of poor sanitation in Mumbai, India, “where more than half its 18 million residents live in slums and where the average ratio of people to toilets is 81:1.”…

Leaders Conclude Second Africa Water Week

African leaders concluded the Second Africa Water Week on Friday, with an appeal for “concrete actions to meet the water and sanitation needs in the continent,” Xinhua reports.

Also In Global Health News: Germany HIV/AIDS Grant; Sumatra Water Situation; India’s Unlicensed Doctors; Land Ownership, Food Security

Germany Grants $34M For HIV/AIDS Work In Central Africa The Organisation for the Coordination of the Struggle Against Epidemics in Central Africa (OCEAC) on Tuesday announced that the German government has granted $34 million to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in central Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. “The Germany-backed project…

WHO Identifies Five Major Causes Of Premature Death

Targeting the five major causes of premature death could increase global life expectancy by almost five years, the WHO said Tuesday, Reuters reports. According to a WHO’s Global Health Risks report, which looked at 24 major health risks, “[p]oor childhood nutrition, unsafe sex, alcohol, bad sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure are to blame for around a quarter of the 60 million premature deaths around the world each year,” the news service writes.

Post-Storm Conditions In Philippines Continue To Threaten Health

Filipinos are “struggling to live in flooded suburbs or crowded shelters one month after devastating rains began pounding the Philippines, and officials warn no quick fix is in sight,” Agence France-Presse reports. According to the WHO, 1.43 million people, “mostly in and around Manila, continue to endure a dangerous existence living in flooded districts” (Morella, 10/26).

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