Water & Sanitation

[News & Event] Comprehensive Global Health Strategy

The Huffington Post, July 2009

"While memories of President Obama speech in Ghana promising a 'comprehensive, global health strategy' are fresh, we hope he, Ghanian President John Atta-Mills and other world leaders do not miss an opportunity to address the neglected disease that's one of the world's most pervasive killers of children worldwide -- childhood diarrheal disease," writes Richard Chin.

[News & Event] Pulitzer Center Reports from the World Water Forum

The World Water Forum, the world’s largest water policy event, held its fifth session last March in Istanbul, Turkey. "[There were] 40 journalists who attended the Forum under the auspices of Media21, a Geneva-based non-profit that also organized follow-on field reporting trips to India and Ethiopia. Their dispatches are assembled here, along with links to short videos that highlight key aspects of the water challenge."

[News & Event] Toilets become Nairobi's hottest social spots

UPI, June 2009

Through the company he founded, Ecotact, Kenyan architect David Kuria is addressing the cultural barriers against sanitation. With the creation of “toilet malls,” families have access to shower and toilet facilities, as well as classes on sanitation and hygiene.

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[News & Event] NGOs Try Power in Numbers Approach in Call to Action against Diarrheal Disease

Center for Global Development, May 2009

Scott Kniaz, program coordinator on the Global Health Team at the Center for Global Development, discusses the comprehensive advocacy approach embodied in the recently launched Call to Action against diarrheal disease: “Understanding that the causes and effects of this disease are widespread, its civil society supporters must also be drawn from many corners.”

[News & Event] Diarrheal disease: the long-ignored killer of millions

IPIU, May 2009

Shanely Knox highlights the preventable nature of diarrheal disease and makes a case for simple solutions that deserve more attention, using stories from the field and input from experts.

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[News & Event] Sanitation vs. vaccination in cholera control

IRIN, May 2009

International Vaccine Institute director John Clemens argues for a coordinated effort against diarrheal diseases. “It is a false dichotomy to pit sanitation against vaccination,” he asserts. “Progressively, people are thinking about how water sanitation and vaccinations can work together.”

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[News & Event] Diarrhoea - second biggest killer of under-fives being ignored

Medical News Today, May 2009

"The international health agenda is failing to save the lives of millions of children by not responding appropriately to causes of child deaths, according to development organisation WaterAid in a new report released today."

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[News & Event] The possibility of a pandemic and the reality of diseases that kill

The Huffington Post, May 2009

Author Richard Chin advocates for action against diarrheal disease--the second leading cause of death in children--and urges readers to join the fight against this "senseless killer."

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[News & Event] The Politics of Toilets

The Washington Post's Post Global, April 2009

Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, reminds us of the deadly consequences of lack of sanitation and unsafe water. According to George, "Diarrhea is world's most effective weapon of mass destruction."

[News & Event] Transparency: Drinking Water

GOOD, March 2009

This brief video presents statistics on the dangers of contaminated drinking water and outlines affordable sanitation solutions.

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