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Every Woman, Every Child, September 2012

At the UN General Assembly, members of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children submitted a new plan and set of recommendations to improve access to simple, lifesaving health supplies, including ORS and zinc.

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Sabin Vaccine Institute, September 2012

The world's greatest minds focused on defeating rotavirus gathered in Bangkok to share experiences, data, and motivation at overcoming the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea.

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Christian Science Monitor, September 2012

The East Meets West Foundation tries cash awards to encourage families and communities in Vietnam and Cambodia to build latrines and hand-washing devices.

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UNICEF, September 2012

Data released by UNICEF show that the number of children under the age of 5 dying globally has dropped from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Though the progress is remarkable and worth celebrating, more needs to be done in the highest burden countries where children are still dying from pneumonia and diarrhea.

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Impatient Optimists, August 2012

In June, the Vietnam National Assembly voted in favor of two decisions in support of child health. The first is to extend paid maternity leave from 4 to 6 months, making it easier for moms to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to exclusively breastfeed their children for the first 6 months of life. Vietnam also joined a growing number of countries to ban breast milk sustitutes for children up to 24 months, aligning more closely with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

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PLOS, August 2012

If the solutions to treat diarrhea and save lives are simple and cost-effective, why the lack of attention or investment? In the second article of a two-part series, Oliver Sabot of the Clinton Health Access Initiative outlines and deconstructs arguments against investing the scale-up of ORS and zinc.

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PLOS, August 2012

In the first of two posts, guest blogger Oliver Sabot from the Clinton Health Access Initiative reflects on challenges and opportunities to improve the use of zinc and ORS to treat diarrhea in a rural area of the Indian state of Gujarat run by the nonprofit Family Health International 360.

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The Economist, August 2012

The Gates Foundation announces the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, which aims to bring safe, affordable and sustainable toilets to the 40% of the world’s population who lack access to basic sanitation.

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RotaFlash, August 2012

Rotavirus vaccines roll on, with Yemen becoming the latest country -- and the first GAVI-eligible country in the region -- to introduce routine rotavirus immunization.

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GlobalPolicy.tv, July 2012

On the occasion of the 19th International AIDS Conference, Lisa Schechtman of WaterAid in America covers two taboo topics -- sex and poop -- to show that politeness can be perilous when it comes to important global health issues.

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