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Progress On WASH Critical To Post-2015 Development

Devex: Turning the post-2015 trickle into a flood Girish Menon, director of international operations for WaterAid U.K. “…The debate around what will follow the MDGs has been long and complex. There are many issues on the table. But putting safe WASH front and center is not negotiable. Sanitation and hygiene…

WASH Efforts See Urban-Rural Gaps In Laos

IRIN: Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide “Laos has been growing at eight percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn. Nearly half of the Lao…

Dengue Deaths Surge In Malaysia; Citizens Urged To Drain Stagnant Water

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Soar in Malaysia “Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, Malaysia has launched a community-driven neighborhood cleaning program to destroy breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the virus. The initiative, launched on Sunday across 110 dengue hot spots, involves citizens and local…

WHO Activates New Cholera Vaccine Stockpile In South Sudan

Reuters: Q&A with WHO: Cholera vaccine stockpile — a new tool to avoid needless suffering “The World Health Organization (WHO) has activated for the first time a new cholera vaccine emergency stockpile to protect hundreds of thousands displaced by conflict in South Sudan and living in temporary camps. Although there…

Most Southern African Countries Will Miss MDG Targets For Water, Sanitation, Report Says

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) from WaterAid examining Southern African countries’ progress on water and sanitation goals. The Guardian: Southern African leaders fail to prioritize water and sanitation “The majority of Southern Africans are living in an ‘unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty,’ according to a new…

USAID, P&G Launch Clean Drinking Water, Health Projects In Myanmar

USAID “Administrator Rajiv Shah [on Thursday] helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in [Myanmar]. … Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to…

Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

Gates Foundation Working With Partners To Implement Safe Sanitation

Brian Arbogast, director of the water, sanitation and hygiene program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog what he says are “the two biggest myths in the area of sanitation.” First, “while toilets are necessary to solve the sanitation challenges we face, they…

Kerry Says Climate Change Threatens National Security

The Hill: Kerry doubles down on climate change “Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down Wednesday on his comments calling climate change a major national security threat. … ‘It is increasingly going to provide major challenges to food security; to water security; to refugee populations, which it’s going to create;…

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