The U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) recently allocated $6 million to address several health challenges facing the country, IRIN reports.
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“A typhoid vaccine proved effective in the slums of India, where it not only helped prevent infection in children who received it, but also those in close contact who were unvaccinated,” according to a New England Journal of Medicine study published on Thursday, the AP/Washington Post reports (Chang, 7/22).
Despite increasing danger posed by “al Qaeda-linked militants,” U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said Tuesday U.N. aid workers “were not backing away” from the country, Reuters reports.
G8 and leaders from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union on Friday announced an agreement to strengthen their partnership to improve access to water in Africa, Ennahar Online reports.
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Near Drought In India Is ‘Matter Of Concern’ The Observer examines the water shortage in India. “India’s vast farming economy is on the verge of crisis. The lack of rain has hit northern areas most, but even in Mumbai, which has experienced heavy rainfall and flooding, authorities were forced to…
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WHO Launches International Network To Take On Noncommunicable Disease The WHO on Wednesday launched an international network of leading health organizations and experts from around the world in an effort to “unite” and “scal[e] up world action to combat noncommunicable diseases, which cause some 38 million deaths annually,” Xinhua/People’s Daily…
Wall Street Journal Examines Project Aimed At Delivering Drinking Water To Populations In India, China
The Wall Street Journal examines how a “rainwater harvesting project,” called Aakash Ganga is delivering water to India’s northern state of Rajasthan â€“ one of the driest states in India â€“ and expanding into China’s Guiyang Municipality.
“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.
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…