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U.S. State Department, USAID Release Global Water Strategy

U.S. Department of State: Global Water Strategy To Create a More Water-Secure World “[On Wednesday] the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development [released] the U.S. government’s Global Water Strategy. Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to human health, economic development, peace, and security. … The…

Food Assistance, WASH Access Vital To Health Of Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

Project Syndicate: Feeding Myanmar’s Refugees Michael Dunford, emergency coordinator for the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh “…The Rohingya [refugees in Cox’s Bazar] are safe from persecution, but the threat of illness and malnutrition pursues them. … The sight of young children playing barefoot in filthy water, or wading…

Cholera In Yemen Is ‘Man-Made Disaster’

New York Times: How War Created the Cholera Epidemic in Yemen Alia Allana, writer for Fountain Ink magazine “…The spread of cholera in Yemen glaringly illustrates how disease follows in the wake of bombs. … Cholera in Yemen is a manmade disaster, and its spread and casualties are tied to…

Indian Government’s Behavior Change Program Shames People Defecating In Open

Washington Post: India turns to public shaming to get people to use its 52 million new toilets “The patrols started at dawn, and the villagers scattered, abandoning their pails of water to avoid humiliation and fines. Every morning in this district in rural India, teams of government employees and volunteer…

Clean Water, Sanitation Key To Fighting Malnutrition

Inter Press Service: Why Water, Soap and Toilets are Keys to Ending Malnutrition Tim Wainwright, CEO of WaterAid “…The Global Nutrition report revealed that despite all of the hard work that’s gone into improving the world’s health, malnutrition remains a serious problem in almost every nation in the world. ……

U.N.’s IOM Continues To Provide WASH Services To Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

International Organization for Migration: Clean Water, Sanitation Vast Challenges as Bangladesh Copes with 607,000 New Refugees “…IOM, the U.N. Migration Agency, is providing vital WASH services to both the Rohingya and the communities hosting them, while scaling up its work to meet the needs of new arrivals. In total, some…

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