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Promoting health through the life course

Haryana looks at zero diarrhoea childhood deaths

According to National Family Health Survey-IV, at least 10 per cent of children below the age of five years in Haryana die of diarrhoea. The health officials noticed that the problem was more prevalent among underserved population, without access to clean drinking water and those who lived in unhygienic condition were found to be more vulnerable. For children under the age of five years, around 7.7 per cent of the children across state suffered from diarrhoea

July 3, 2017
Times of India

NGO to launch water initiative in Kibera

A Non-Governmental Organization is set to embark on a sustainable water project that is expected to transform Kibera and vastly improve the quality of life of residents there. According to the Nourafchan Foundation (TNF) the initiative will be commissioned during its inaugural community celebration, with this year’s theme titled ‘The Big Splash’. “Until recently Kibera’s only source was the Nairobi dam whose unsanitary waters are rife with infections like typhoid and cholera,” the NGO said

June 20, 2017
CapitalFM Kenya

Borealis and Borouge help provides safe water for over 50,000 thanks to PE pipes

Borealis, Borouge, the OPEC Fund for International Development and DFID have funded a Nairobi project that has brought safe and affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 of Kenya`s poorest residents. The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company found it hard to invest in services here due to the haphazard nature of the settlements and perception residents would not pay. So residents without piped water bought water from private street vendors at much higher prices. The partners extended the existing network into the settlements using high-quality pipes, allowing pre-paid water dispensers to be installed which now provide water for as low as a 10th of the price it would be from a street vendor

May 15, 2017
British Plastics & Rubber

Finding Inspiration In Clean Water And Decent Toilets

WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost is retiring and she recalls her time as head of the organization and talks about several examples where the intervention of the NGO has made a significant material difference to people’s lives in the developing world

May 11, 2017
Huffington Post

Burundi : 5 communes sur 119 ont interdit la défécation à l’air libre

In only 5 districts out of 119 in Burundi is it banned to defecate in the open air. In the remainder no ban is in place which becomes an important factor in encouraging the spread of diseases such as cholera

March 16, 2017
Burundi Agnews

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera death toll in Yemen reaches at least 180: Red Cross

Cholera has killed at least 184 people in Yemen in recent weeks, the ICRC said on Monday, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency and called for international aid. After more than two years of war which has destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water 

May 15, 2017
Reuters, CNN
May 16, 2017
May 15, 2017
Wall Street Journal, Sky, Voice of America, France24, CBC

Non communicable diseases

Safe water: 97,000 kids die yearly from diarrhoea

For every 2,000 children under five who die from diarrhoea, more than 1800 of those deaths are actually linked to water sanitation and hygiene, evidence suggests

March 22, 2017
Daily Trust

Health systems

Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

The ICRC warned that drawn-out crisis which are plaguing the Middle East could lead to the total collapse of health systems. One example is the disruption to vaccinations. As the children will not be vaccinated, diseases previously thought to be eradicated will simply re-emerge. Resistance to antibiotics because of drug usage in excess of prescribed limits has accelerated. Infections have spread as war has destroyed sanitation and clean water systems and triggered chaotic population movements 

May 16, 2017

Communicable diseases

Poverty, open sewers and parasites: ‘America’s dirty shame’

The FT reports that tropical parasites are thriving in the hot, humid U.S. south where the poorest Americans are faced with a new era of budget cuts under Donald Trump’s new administration

April 18, 2017
Financial Times

Pollution Is Killing India’s Holy Ganges, Harming Hindu Devotees

The Sankat Mochan Foundation published a study into the water quality of India’s holy Ganges River which said waste pollution is killing the river. The study found that people bathing in the Ganges are running a risk of cholera, hepatitis A, typhus and gastrointestinal diseases from the waters

March 18, 2017
Latin American Herald, World Hindu News
March 15, 2017
Agencia EFE

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

Reuters reports on examples of several African cities which are polling people on the fringes of urban areas to learn what were their main desires/needs. The results from the Resilient Africa Network regional lab indicated that ‘access to clean water and/or sanitation’ where priorities for them

March 17, 2017

Nigeria’s Water Bill Could Criminalize Drinking Water For Millions

Around 1-in-10 people in Lagos have access to water which the state utility provides. The rest, some 19m residents, rely on informal water sources, either drilling their own bore holes to drink or fetching water from lakes or rivers. Those who can afford it pay exorbitant amounts to water vendors. So activists are sounding the alarm as the Lagos government has just passed a law to criminalize the extraction of water, including the drilling of boreholes and the purchasing of water from private sellers

March 17, 2017
Huffington Post