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PPPs ‘Critical To Deliver Messages To New Mothers’

“Lifebuoy joined forces with [USAID] and its Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to create a neonatal program to raise awareness of the link between newborn survival and handwashing with soap,” Anila Gopal, global social mission manager at Unilever-Lifebuoy, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Public-private partnerships are critical…

Countries Engage In Public Awareness Activities Surrounding Global Handwashing Day

“From Ethiopia and Yemen to Bolivia and Vietnam, millions of children [on Tuesday took] part in the sixth annual United Nations-backed Global Handwashing Day, driving home the message that the simple use of soap and water can slash highly preventable diarrheal diseases that kill 1,400 children under five every day,”…

Blogs Address Global Handwashing Day

Two blogs address Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15. Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a CGD research fellow, and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the CGD global health team, say, “[We] would urge child survival advocates to raise the…

Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Public Health Issues In New York Times Interview

The New York Times features a conversation with Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the interview, they discuss the foundation’s family planning advocacy, support for research to find an AIDS vaccine, and efforts to create what Bill Gates refers to as “a toilet…

Gates Foundation Announces New Partnership To Improve Sanitation In India

“October 2, 2013, is the 144th birthday of [Mahatma Gandhi] and what better way for the Bill & Melinda Gates [Foundation] to celebrate this profound and inspirational leader than to announce our new partnership with [the government of India] in joint funding the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) to…

U.S. Should Address Water Shortages That Contributed To Syrian Conflict

“The agreement forged by Russia and the United States over the weekend on Syria’s chemical weapons is good news for diplomacy … But the short-term focus on chemical weapons use risks undermining some much-needed long-term thinking on the issue,” Michael Shank, director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on…

IRIN Analysis Examines Success Rates Of WASH Aid Programs

“The success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) water target and massive growth in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs have masked a little-discussed secret: WASH interventions frequently fail,” IRIN reports. The news service examines the pressures aid organizations face to produce results; problems associated with not involving local communities…

U.N. Official Raises Awareness Of Open Defecation, Sanitation During World Water Week

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” examines U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s efforts to bring light to the problem of open defecation and poor sanitation. During a speech at the opening plenary of World Water Week in Stockholm on September 2, Eliasson, who also serves as chair of WaterAid Sweden,…

Appeal Calls For Post-2015 Development Target On Water, Sanitation

The Stockholm International Water Institute on Friday “issued a call for a post-2015 development target on water aimed at making better use of scarce water supplies, realizing the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increasing resilience to droughts and floods by 2030,” IRIN reports. “The appeal ……

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