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Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…

Access To Clean Toilets, Education Improves Children’s Lives, UNICEF Reports

NPR: Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe “The world is in the midst of a porcelain revolution. Nearly two billion people have gained access to clean toilets, or at least a decent outhouse, since 1990, the non-profit UNICEF reports Thursday. … That rise in…

Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

Haiti Still Struggles To Rebuild Four Years After Earthquake

News outlets examine the difficulties in providing humanitarian and food aid to Haiti four years after the country’s devastating earthquake. PBS NewsHour: Haitians blame U.N. soldiers for cholera crisis in wake of earthquake disaster “…Efforts to rebuild the poverty-stricken island were led by the United Nations. But in a cruel…

Global Community Must Integrate Post-2015 Development Goals, Focus On Long-Term Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “are nearing their expiration date in 2015,” Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst for health and sanitation at WaterAid, writes in a Devex opinion piece, “We need to better coordinate our health response post-2015. Setting separate targets on nutrition, water and sanitation have fragmented our…

Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ Challenge Questioned By Experts

“Bill and Melinda Gates’ competition to produce a high-tech toilet for the developing world has been questioned by toilet experts,” SciDev.Net reports. “An environmental engineer and an NGO worker have criticized the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the development of advanced toilets that would be too expensive to…

New Initiative Aims To Identify Innovations To Use Water More Efficiency

“As the global water resources become increasingly scarce, we must learn how to adapt to a new reality,” Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He states, “In part, this means learning how to do more with less. Learning to use available water better, learning…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

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