The Washington Post examines how the “No Toilet, No Bride” campaign in India is helping to increase access to home toilets in rural India. According to the newspaper, “About 665 million people in India — about half the population — lack access to latrines.” Yet, since the campaign launched two years ago, “1.4 million toilets have been built here in the northern state of Haryana, some with government funds, according to the state’s health department” â€“ a movement that women’s rights activists hail as “a revolution.”
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Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…
A clinical trial of an Indian-made “modified killed-whole-cell” oral cholera vaccine “that meets WHO standards” has found that the vaccine is safe and effective in children living in parts of India where the disease is endemic, Reuters reports. The researchers, who reported their findings in the Lancet, hope to soon introduce the vaccine into other cholera endemic settings.
U.N. Appeals For $74M To Provide Emergency Assistance In The Philippines; Health-Effects Of Other Natural Disasters
Several news outlets published articles about the health-related effects in the aftermath of natural disasters around the globe: The U.N. on Tuesday launched an appeal for $74 million “to provide emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of two catastrophic typhoons that have struck the Philippines in less than…
Health Officials Spray Indonesian City To Prevent Diseases; News Outlets Examine Other Natural Disasters
News outlets explore the health implications of natural disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, Tonga, Samoa and India.
Several news outlets continued to cover the health impact of the recent spate of natural disasters around the globe.
Also In Global Health News: Tanzania’s Development Initiatives; Disease Surveillance In West Africa; Water, Sanitation In Kenya, Malawi; Doctor Fights Lassa Fever
U.S. Speaker Of The House Recognizes Tanzania’s Commitment To Development Initiatives House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,Â recently commended Tanazanian President Jakaya Kikwete on the country’s utilization of U.S. aid money and vowed her support for the country’s future development projects, during a meeting in Washington, D.C.,Â the Zimbabwean reports. “Pelosi hailed President…
By 2050, climate change could lead to decreased outputs of corn, rice and wheat across the developing world resulting in price increases and hunger, according to an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) study, Bloomberg reports.
The Health Department in the Philippines “warned Monday of a possible spread of infectious diseases” in the capital of Manila, which has had the largest rainfall “in nearly half a century, according to the government weather bureau,” the New York Times reports. Rains have flooded “80 percent of this metropolis of 12 million people” and killed 240 so far. The government declared a “‘state of calamity’ in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, including many that had not flooded before, allowing officials to use emergency funds for relief and rescue,” the newspaper writes.
Journal Of Infectious Diseases Explores Why Safe Water Alone Does Not Stop Diarrhea Among Infants Born To HIV-Positive Mothers A study appearing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases explores how well access to safe drinking water reduces rates of diarrhea experienced by 6-month-old infants born to HIV-infected mothers following weaning.…