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Access To Clean Water, Sanitation Indispensable To Stop Cholera In Haiti, PAHO Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Cholera will plague Haiti until water, sanitation crisis solved: experts “Cholera will continue to kill and infect Haitians as long as they lack access to clean water and sanitation, with a thousand new cases reported each week, health experts say. … ‘We cannot be complacent. We can’t take our eyes off the…More

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Our ode to commodes on World Toilet Day

No matter where you go Toilets around the world have a few things in common: they’re rarely uniform and they’re often customized. And those, gentle reader, are but two reasons why they make great subjects for photos. This marks the second year a toilet-shaped, loo-themed calendar has been published … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyondFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscope ;

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Doctor Dies Of Ebola In U.S.; Importance of Early Treatment

Washington Post: Death of second Ebola patient in U.S. shows need for early, accurate tests, experts say “…[Ebola doctor Martin] Salia’s death highlights what experts say is a critical need in the ongoing fight against the worst Ebola outbreak in history: the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose the disease in order to halt its…More


Access To Clean Water, Sanitation Indispensable To Stop Cholera In Haiti, PAHO Says

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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Cholera will plague Haiti until water, sanitation crisis solved: experts “Cholera will continue to kill and infect Haitians as long as they lack access to clean water and sanitation, with a thousand new cases reported each week, health experts say. … ‘We cannot be complacent. We can’t take our eyes off the…More

With Biodegradable Toilet Powder, Indian WASH Advocates Hope To Speed Waste Breakdown In Safer…

Wall Street Journal: This Poo Powder Aims to Help India’s Diarrhea Problem “…As part of a ‘Stop Diarrhea’ program run by the non-profit Save the Children, a biodegradable toilet powder that speeds up the breakdown of excrement has been developed by Reckitt Benckiser — makers of toilet cleaning products such as Harpic and Dettol. ……More

Liberians Struggle To Find Work After Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: After Ebola The article profiles the life of a Liberian woman, Josephine Dolley, and describes the socioeconomic impact the Ebola epidemic has had on her life and her six adopted children, all orphaned by the disease (Sieff, 3/23).

New Blog Series Explores Impacts Of WASH On Achieving MDGs

Huffington Post: WASH and the MDGs: The Ripple Effect Needa Malik, research assistant at WASH Advocates, and Jordan Teague, associate director for WASH Integration at WASH Advocates “2015 is an important year in the global development arena. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire at the end of this year, and the new agenda for…More

USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer VanRoekel Steps Down, Agency Confirms

FedScoop: Exclusive: Steven VanRoekel steps down from USAID role “Steven VanRoekel, the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has left his role with the agency, FedScoop has learned…” (Otto, 3/17). Washington Post: Steven VanRoekel steps down from USAID “…VanRoekel led an effort to bring technology into the fight against the Ebola…More

Improving WASH Access For Women Would Benefit Global Productivity, Economy, Report Says

Forbes: Water Access Improvements Will Improve Global Productivity “The Water For Women report released [Friday] written by a private-public partnership for the United Nations World Water Day highlights how very much global productivity can rise if the access of the poorer half of the world’s population to water improves. … The Water For Women report…More

Nearly Half Of World’s Hungry Live In Middle-Income Countries, Report Shows

Inter Press Service: Middle-Income Nations Home to Half the World’s Hungry “Nearly half of the world’s hungry, amounting to about 363 million people, live in some of the rising middle-income countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)…” (Deen,…More

Improved WASH In Health Facilities Important Development Goal; Clean Water Could Prevent 1 In 5…

News outlets highlight findings from a report on WASH in health facilities from the WHO and UNICEF, as well as an accompanying paper from WaterAid. Bloomberg Business: 1 in 5 Newborn Deaths Preventable With Clean Water “One in five newborn deaths could be prevented with safe water and sanitation suitable for a modern world, the…More

U.S. Food Aid Reform Could Save Millions More Lives

Roll Call: Cooking Up Food Aid Reform Tom Colicchio, chef and food activist “…[U.S.] food aid law actually ties the hands of humanitarians responding to crises from buying food locally or regionally. They have to put an order into Washington and wait. And wait. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Leading members of…More

Malnutrition Close-up: Reflections from the Field

In our first couple of weeks with Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda, we were fortunate enough to visit a few of the families that had graduated GHI’s program so we would better understand the need for and the impact of our fight against childhood malnutrition. We were driven deep into the countryside and dropped off individually with different families that spoke very little or no English. I was introduced to my family in front of their mud and stick home, which they were waiting to expand when the rainy season returned and mud was easily available. The mother of the family, Clementine, greeted us at the road with her child on her back. Her husband was off doing some work nearby in the village

Foreign Investment In African Health Programs Should Lead To More Local Investment Over Long…

Washington Post: Moving Africa toward health self-sufficiency Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…On global health in particular, the United States and Tanzania have performed wonders together over the last decade. … But amid this success, one statistic should cause concern. In 2002, Tanzania’s public sector accounted for about 25 percent of health expenditures in the country.…More

SDGs Should Include Specific Indicators To Mark Improvements In Reducing Maternal, Newborn…

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: Strengthen the commitment to save new mothers and newborns Carolyn Miles, president and chief executive of Save the Children USA “…[Michael Gerson’s Feb. 24 op-ed column, ‘Saving lives at the start,’] comes at a critical time when the United Nations and stakeholders are reexamining their health priorities for the…More

Brainwashed by the Do-Gooder Industrial Complex

“The Do-Gooder-Industrial-Complex likes to say ‘You can make a difference over spring break.’ We like to say that making a difference is an internal political process that is years in the making.” A guest post by Shawn Humphrey

Saudi Arabia Must Stop MERS Transmission, Including In Health Care Settings, To Prevent Global…

Washington Post: The world should learn from the Ebola crisis to combat MERS in Saudi Arabia Editorial Board “…Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, is surging anew in Saudi Arabia and raising familiar questions: Where is this coronavirus coming from and how is it spreading? … The World Health Organization, slow to respond to the…More

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