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Also In Global Health News: Polio In Angola; Diarrhea Guidelines In Kenya; Water, Sanitation In Ghana

WHO To Give Angola $3M For Polio Vaccination Program

The WHO will give Angola’s polio eradication program $3 million for a four stage vaccination program through December 2010, Jean Mari Yameogo, the WHO’s polio representative in Angola, said on Wednesday, the Angola Press reports. The WHO expects to spend about $700,000 for each stage (3/31).

Kenya Launches New Diarrhea Treatment Guidelines

Kenya recently launched a new set of policy guidelines for the control and management of diarrhea, which aims to help health workers and citizens treat the disease among children under the age of five, Daily Nation/ reports. “Two in 10 children who suffer from the illness die,” James Gesami, the assistant minister for public health, said at the launch of the national policy. “This easily preventable and treatable disease kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined,” Gesami said (3/31).

Ghana Needs $1.5B Over Next 5 Years To Meet Sanitation MDG, Country Leader Says

In order for Ghana to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation the country will need $1.5 billion over the next five years, Kweku Quansah, of the country’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, said, Ghana Business News reports. “The programme officer, who was a participant at a two-day Annual Review Workshop of WaterAid, Ghana and its partners, lamented that Ghana is only moving marginally, and that the pace is very slow with respect to improvement in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector. ‘We need to really double up and this requires funding,’ he asserted,” the news service writes (Smith-Asante, 3/31).