The Economist, July 2011

Many low-resource countries suffer routine outbreaks of cholera and other diarrheal diseases that could be overcome by increased access to clean water and sanitation -- but only innovation will spur a solution.

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Huffington Post, July 2011

A new blog post from Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of WaterAid in Sweden and former President of the UN General Assembly, on the role of water and sanitation in peacebuilding in Liberia.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, July 2011

At the AfricaSan3 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, the Gates Foundation announced their new sanitation strategy. With a focus on new and innovative approaches to "reinvent the toilet," the foundation seeks to promote simple, affordable, and sustainable sanitation systems in low income countries where traditional flush toilets are impractical.

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GAVI Alliance, July 2011

On July 17, 2011, the first children in a GAVI-eligible country in Africa were vaccinated against rotavirus in Khartoum, Sudan. Until now, only South Africa had introduced rotavirus vaccine. The historic rollout is taking place a month after the GAVI Alliance pledging conference, where donors committed an additional $4.3 billion to GAVI to accelerate the introduction of rotavirus and other vaccines.

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Micronutrient Initiative, July 2011

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and Teck Resources Limited (Teck) announced they are joining hands in a new partnership to develop and sustain zinc treatment programs to help save children´s lives.This calls for a round of "O Canada"!

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GAVI Alliance, June 2011

The June 13 pledging conference of GAVI Alliance donors has exceeded expectation. With funding commitments of US $4.3 billion, surpassing the initial target of $3.7 billion, GAVI will have the resources to save more than 4 million lives by 2015 with vaccines against leading killers like pneumonia and rotavirus.

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New York Times, May 2011

The Pan American Health Organization has announced that Haiti has come up with a plan to immunize 90% of its newborns by 2015. The plan includes pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, among others. The ambitious plan will require international support from donor governments.

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WaterAid, May 2011

This year at the World Health Assembly, WaterAid is is calling for urgent action on two debilitating water-borne diseases: guinea worm and cholera, both of which have devastating effects in poor countries. "Half of the developing world's hospital beds are filled with patients suffering from sanitation and water-related diseases, compounding the challenges faced by over-burdened and under-resourced health systems."

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WaterAid, May 2011

"For the first time in 20 years the World Health Assembly, WHO’s highest policy-making body, will consider a Resolution on drinking-water, sanitation and health at its 64th Assembly which opens on Monday 16 May. The Government of France, with a number of co-sponsoring Member States, has formulated the text of the Resolution which aims to provide a solid framework for the development of a new WHO water, sanitation and health strategy. The background document 64/24 is available on the WHA64 website in all six official languages."

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End Water Poverty, May 2011

"Over 350,000 people have called for leaders at this week's United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul to urgently tackle the world water and sanitation crisis, with campaigners warning that if they fail to do so the fight against poverty in the world's poorest countries will be lost."

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