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WHO elections

As Ethiopian Seeks to Head WHO, Outbreak at Home Raises Questions

The Malaysia Sun reviewed the controversy surrounding Lawrence Gostin’s allegations against WHO director-general candidate, Tedros Adhanom. In a New York Times article he alleged Tedros had been less than forthcoming in acknowledging outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia, during his time as health minister, preferring to call it Acute Watery Diarrhoea. The paper lists the subsequent defence of Tedros by Tom Frieden, former CDC director, who argued the terminology was not irresponsible but rather a necessary compromise

May 23, 2017
Malaysia Sun

Cholera risks Addis bid for top WHO job

A group of African diplomats defended their candidate for the director general role at WHO against charges that he covered up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia. The New York Times story pointed out that Ethiopia had called these earlier outbreaks acute watery diarrhoea instead of cholera. It also pointed out there are now more than 16,000 cases of AWD diagnosed in the country’s Somali region this year too

May 19, 2017
Business Daily

Promoting health through the life course

Trump Proposal Would Put Clean Drinking Water out of Reach for Millions Around the World

Scaling back development assistance as President Trump has envisioned would have disastrous, even lethal, consequences for people living on the brink. For example, his proposal would cut water assistance to Nigeria by 80 percent—even while it endures famine that UNICEF says could claim the lives of a half million children. And it would reduce water and sanitation support to Nepal by 99 percent—even while the Nepalese, still in the early stages of recovery from a horrific earthquake, face threats of disease outbreaks as they rebuild critical water and sanitation infrastructure

July 24, 2017
UN Dispatch

Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs. According to the WHO and UNICEF joint report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines, many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also lack soap and water for handwashing, putting the health of all people – but especially young children – at risk for deadly diseases

July 12, 2017
United Nations

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

Tap water dwindles as cities parched by South India drought

One of southern India`s worst droughts in decades has dried up reservoirs in the region, severely impacting the availability of drinking water in Chennai and other cities. Water supplies across the port city of Chennai have dropped by half, with the government saying tap water may dwindle to a trickle in the days to come. "We are supplying between 450 to 470 million litres of water every day," compared to the normal requirement of 830 million litres, said Arun Roy, of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board that supplies water across the city

June 28, 2017

Construction on wetlands ramps up water stress in Zimbabwe

"A wetland acts like a sponge which absorbs water and then recharges underground water so that the water table remains high. Construction disrupts this process," said Sandra Gobvu of Environment Africa, an NGO that works in southern Africa to promote sustainable development. When wetland areas are concreted over, much less water is absorbed, Gobvu added. Wetlands also help control flooding by absorbing excess water and releasing it gradually into water bodies, she said. "If we preserved them in their natural state, wetlands would actually help us adapt to the changing climatic conditions," said Barnabas Mawire, Environment Africa`s Zimbabwe country director

June 27, 2017

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

Why Safe Drinking Water Should Be At The Centre Of Public Health Policy In India

India, with the second largest population in the world, is staring at a major health hazard due to poor drinking water and hygiene facilities. According to a report by Water Aid (2016), India has the highest number of people in the world without access to safe drinking water. The delinking of safe drinking water from public health policy, thus, has led to the state`s failed response in making potable water available for all

June 11, 2017
Huffington Post

Even low arsenic levels in water tied to small, preterm babies

Low levels of arsenic naturally found in drinking water in many US states are associated with an increased risk of premature and underweight babies, a study in Ohio suggests. In counties where less than 10 percent of the population used private wells, arsenic in public drinking water was associated with 14 percent higher odds of very low birth weight babies and 10 percent higher odds of premature deliveries, researchers report in Environmental Research. The study found negative birth outcomes even when women lived in counties where tap water might expose them to arsenic levels below 10 micrograms per litre (10 ug/L), the maximum amount considered safe by the EPA

June 8, 2017

Rural water access: why should countries follow Paraguay’s lead?

With more than 94% of the rural population able to access safe water, nations across Latin America and beyond should consider learning from Paraguay’s success story. Paraguay moved its sanitation and water agency to the auspices of the health department. It set up model community-led boards run by volunteers in the more remote rural areas to manage water and sanitation. They recover the maintenance and operating costs through setting water tariffs and repay a portion of capital costs used to build the initial infrastructure back to the treasury

May 26, 2017
The Guardian

Capetonians warned that 100 liters water usage 'non-negotiable'

The city of Cape Town has issued a warning to all water users informing them that all water usage must be brought down by 100m litres immediately. The warning comes after the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area

May 22, 2017

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

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

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

Somalia: Cholera cases rise by 1000

The Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported 1068 acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 3 deaths for week 28 (10 – 16 July 2017) with a case-fatality rate of 0.3%. The overall case-fatality rate of 1.4% remains above the emergency threshold of 1%. However, the cholera outbreak which started in January 2017 is slowing down, thanks to timely interventions by WHO, national health authorities and health partners

July 29, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Cholera outbreak kills 795 in Somalia since January

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in Somalia has killed 795 people since January, the UN humanitarian agency said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that there was a 19-percent decrease in the number of new cases in the first week of June, which can be attributed to timely and effective intervention efforts over the past months. The UN also cites figures from the ministry of health of Somalia reported 1979 AWD/cholera cases and 13 deaths between June 12-18. "A cumulative total of 53,015 cases including 795 deaths have been reported since the cholera outbreak started in January 2017. The case-fatality rate of 1.5 percent remains above the emergency threshold of 1 percent," the UN said

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, PM News

Andhra tragedy: 16 tribals die of water borne diseases in East Godavari village

At least 16 tribals of a village in East Godavari district died of suspected water poisoning, malaria and typhoid since May 29. Andhra Pradesh Home Minister N Chinnarajappa said that a dead cow may have contaminated their primary water source. He said that nine persons died in the hamlet itself earlier, while another seven who were brought to primary health centres died in the last two weeks

June 27, 2017
Indian Express

11,717 cases of fever reported in Kozhikode on Sunday

As many as 11,717 cases of fever were reported at the outpatient wing of the various hospitals in the district on Sunday. Of them, 1,519 cases are viral fever. As many as 47 suspected dengue cases came for screening on Sunday. 108 cases of ADD (Acute diarrhoeal disease) were also reported. Health centres where the OP was not functional witnessed a heavy rush at casualty departments. Special clinics functioned at Koorachundu, Panangad, Kolathur areas where more dengue cases were detected

June 19, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

WHO, UNICEF rushing to address cholera outbreak in Yemen

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children`s Fund are taking forceful measures to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, a UN spokesperson said. UNICEF, WHO, and their partners have reached nearly 3.5 million people across the country by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, restoring water treatment plants, rehabilitating water supply systems, and providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene kits, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

June 10, 2017

Outbreak of Typhoid in Kalingalinga due to poor hygiene – LWSC

The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company claims that following the recent outbreak of typhoid in some parts of Kalingalinga Compound, which serves 40% of the water to Lusaka City, its investigations into the matter have revealed that the outbreak of the disease is due to the poor hygiene practices and the general environmental conditions of the areas and not the quality of water being supplied. The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company says it is concerned with the situation in the area and has since started distributing chlorine at all water kiosks and communal taps as well as affected properties. The residents are up in arms against this claiming the fault lies not with them but on the government side

June 10, 2017
QFM, UKZambians

Letter from Africa: Sudan's rulers 'shirking action on cholera'

Yousra Elbagir criticises the Sudanese government`s failure to get to grips with a cholera outbreak, which after 10 months, Sudan`s Ministry of Health has finally confirmed that there have been 265 deaths and more than 16,000 infected cases of "acute watery diarrhoea" in 11 of the country`s 18 states. The Federal Minister of Health, Bahar Abu Garda, told parliament that cases of "watery diarrhoea" were not his business - shifting blame to the Ministry of Water Resources and State Ministers

June 7, 2017

Tripura: Water-borne diseases affect people more than malaria, over 40,000 people affected

The state of Tripura has recorded over 40,000 people affected by malaria, water-borne diseases and bacillary dysentery between the start of the year and now, although no deaths have been recorded. Water-borne diseases (13,159 patients) turn out to be a bigger villain than bacillary dysentery and malaria, with 1,081 dysentery victims and 703 malaria affected people

May 29, 2017
The Northeast Today

Sri Lanka's deadly floods could worsen dengue crisis: NGO

Save the Children said that the devastating floods in Sri Lanka could exacerbate the dengue crisis there, the NGO said its teams were assessing the humanitarian needs and were ready to respond, including by distributing hygiene items to prevent the spread of disease, supporting damaged schools to allow them re-open, distributing safe drinking water and providing psychosocial support to children

May 28, 2017

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. Though some believe the number is much higher. According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases. "IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.

May 16, 2017

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

‘Watery diarrhoea’ hits hundreds in Sudan’s White Nile

A watery diarrhoea outbreak has hit hundreds in the Um Jar area of Sudan’s White Nile state. Health coordinators in Um Jar confirmed about 900 people have been affected. They added that the centre is in dire need of Flagyl drips and Sandostin injections. The medicines would be too expensive for many patients as one drip or an injection costs $7. The most affected villages are Arafa, Andalus, Mabrouka and El Hasnab

April 23, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com, The African.info

Malaria cases on the rise in Boma

The Minister of health in Boma state said that more 30 people have died of suspected malaria in a remote village since the start of April. The deaths were reported in Meun Payam, in a mountainous area close to the Ethiopian border. Despite assurances that the outbreak is in hand, the local MP said the rise in malaria cases was caused by a lack of medical services and 37 people have died, with two of them just a day earlier, with most of the victims being children

April 19, 2017
Eye Radio

Over 500 cases of waterborne infections reported in Ahmedabad

Cases of waterborne infections reported in Ahmedabad have risen sharply to more than 500 in its weekly health report. There were 334 cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, 89 cases of jaundice and 90 cases of typhoid among the 514 cases reported. There have been 12 cases of cholera in civic-body run hospitals in Ahmedabad this year with one reported last week

April 18, 2017
Times of India

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO

More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and this deadly epidemic should double by the summer, the  World Health Organization said. The case fatality rate for the disease in Somalia is already twice the emergency threshold and at least 524 deaths have been recorded. The UN told a news briefing that Somali death rates for cholera now reach 14.1% in Middle Jub and 5.1% in Bakool. The centre of the cholera outbreak is said to be Baidoa and thirteen of Somalia’s eighteen regions are affected

April 13, 2017
Reuters, International Business Times, Boursarama, Daily Nation, Punch Nigeria
April 14, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Deadly cholera/acute watery diarrhoea outbreak in Somaliland lays bare devastating vulnerability...

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea in Somaliland has killed 28 people in the last ten days and hospitalized a further 167. More than 411 cases of cholera/AWD have been reported in Somaliland since the start of April. In neighbouring Puntland, the numbers are concerning. Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 1600 cases of cholera/AWD with 57 deaths

April 12, 2017
Somaliland Press, Red Cross, Asia Pacific Daily, India.com, Punch Nigeria

Somaliland – first victim of cholera reported as a cross-border case with Ethiopia

Cholera has spread to Somaliland from the Ethiopian border, with one case reported in the Sabawanaag district close to Hargeisa. The victim was taken to Hargeisa in a very serious condition and later died in hospital. No emergency team has been sent to the area affected by the contagious disease and there is no government plan to counter this epidemic which could pose a threat to the Somaliland population

April 12, 2017
Qaran News
April 9, 2017
Medisha Valley

Ethiopia declares another acute watery diarrhoea outbreak - 16,000 cases

Ethiopia has declared an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, also known as AWD, in the country’s Somali region, where people are already struggling to cope with a persistent drought. Dr. Akpaka Kalu, the World Health Organization representative to Ethiopia, told VOA on Friday that 16,000 cases of AWD had been recorded in the region since January

April 7, 2017
Voice of America
April 10, 2017
ESAT News, Journal Focus

UNICEF warns of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen

UNICEF warned of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen due to the continuing conflict, lack of clean drinking water and sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF said nearly 462,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and 10,000 under-fives may have died from preventable disease. Across the country, 17 million people – 60% of the population – are food insecure

April 5, 2017
Middle East Monitor

2,500 patients of gastroenteritis, cholera admitted to PIMS

As many as 2,500 patients of gastroenteritis and cholera have been brought to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science in the last two weeks indicating the spread of these diseases mainly due to the use of contaminated water and unhygienic food 

April 2, 2017
The News International

Mosul refugees up to 433.000, 12 kids die of cholera

A doctor in the Nineveh health department said 12 children in the region have died of cholera infections and drought at areas under ISIS control in western Mosul. He added that 78 were in serious condition due to the infection, citing water contamination, poor environmental conditions and medicine shortages as the reason behind the spread of the disease

March 26, 2017
Iraqi News

Somalie : Le choléra fait 343 victimes depuis le début de l'année

Drought in Somalia has hit women and children under five years old hard and the country has seen a sharp rise in water-borne diseases with 343 cholera deaths and more than 14,000 Somalians with the virus since the start of the year, according to WHO

March 24, 2017
Agence Anadolu
March 27, 2017
Afrique Jet

Mozambique cholera outbreak spreading, more than 1,200 infected

‘A cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique has infected more than 1,200 people, killing two this month, since the recent heavy rains, and the disease will spread further if no action is taken,’ health ministry officials said

March 14, 2017
Reuters, Le Figaro
March 13, 2017
Club of Mozambique
March 14, 2017
Agence Press Africaine, Eye Witness News

Cholera kills 80 in Zamfara in 1 month

The Zamfara health commissioner said ‘no fewer than 80 people had been killed by a cholera outbreak in the state during the last month,’ adding that ‘around 500 people were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities across the state’

March 14, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria
March 15, 2017
NAIJ.COM, Daily Trust
March 14, 2017
The Eagle

ONLF: 300 dead in cholera outbreak in eastern Ethiopia

More than 300 people have died due to cholera in the last 3 days in eastern Ethiopia, according to rebel group ONLF. The group said ‘a thousand more are in dire straits without access to medicine or health support’

March 8, 2017
Hiiraan.com, ZeHabesha.com, Ogaden News Agency

128 cases of waterborne diseases in Ahmedabad

Around 128 cases of waterborne disease were reported in Ahmedabad, up to the end of last week, according to data provided by the local health department 

March 7, 2017
Times of India

Cholera confirmed in Carnaza Island

At least 129 people have fallen sick in a cholera outbreak on Carnaza Island in the Philippines. The country’s Department of Health has sent experts to the island to respond

March 2, 2017
Sun Star
March 1, 2017

Dr Benoit Kebela parle d’une maladie apparentée au cholera qui sévit à Badengaido en Ituri

In Badengaido there has already been 16 deaths from around 79 cases recorded to date, according to the Ministry of Public Health spokesperson, Dr Benoit Kebela Ilunga

February 27, 2017
Radio Okapi

Non communicable diseases

Preocupación en Perú por posible propagación de enfermedades luego de las inundaciones

Worry spreads in Peru as many fear the likely spread of a range of waterborne diseases on the back of the recent torrential rains

March 22, 2017
CNN Chile

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

Floodwater recedes, diseases spread

With floodwater receding in Sylhet and Moulvibazar, Bangladesh, waterborne diseases are spreading in the flood-hit areas as there is hardly any medical care for a large number of affected people. People there are suffering from waterborne diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery, diarrhoea and skin infections. Many complained about not receiving any medical attention and relief aid

July 8, 2017
Daily Star

Achieving universal health coverage in Kenya through Innovative financing

Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy. Africa accounts for a quarter of the world’s disease burden but has less than five per cent of the world’s doctors. The continent lags far behind in basic healthcare coverage for services such as immunization, water and sanitation, and family planning. Kenya can institute targeted taxation as an innovative financing policy to complement existing financing mechanisms

June 19, 2017
The Star

Uganda: Masaka Health Centres Run Out of Anti-Malaria Drugs

An anti-malaria drug stock-out has hit several health centers in Masaka district leaving several patients stranded. Health workers say they haven`t had artesunate, injectable quinine and IV water (drips) for the last two weeks. The drug stock-out comes at a time when NMS and the Finance ministry are feuding over the whereabouts of part of the $200 million acquired by government from the Preferential Trade Area (PTA Bank) for procurement of drugs

June 16, 2017
Observer Uganda

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

23 dead in South Darfur camps lacking medicines

More than twenty people died of an unknown disease in Otash and Lama camps near Nyala in the past two weeks, most of the victims were women or children. Dabanga Sudan reported that many patients have been transferred to Nyala Teaching Hospital because of a lack of medicines and treatment at the camps’ health centres. They cited community leaders as appealing to the international community and aid agencies to provide medicines for the camps

April 7, 2017
Dabanga Sudan
April 11, 2017
Sens 360

Communicable diseases

Diarrhoea kills half a million children globally, shows Lancet study

Half a million children under the age of five died from diarrhoea-related illnesses in 2015, despite a significant reduction in the number of child deaths from such diseases over the past decade, the Lancet Infectious Diseases study say deaths fell by 34% between 2005 and 2015 after concerted efforts to improve water and sanitation. However, 499,000 under-fives and 1.3m people of all ages died as a result of diarrhoea in 2015, making it the fourth leading cause of mortality among young children with 8.6% of all under-fives’ deaths

June 2, 2017
The Guardian, BBC

India continues to record high child mortality rate due to diarrhoea

India continued to have more than 100,000 under-five diarrhoea deaths reported on account of it in 2015, a new Lancet study has found, with the highest rates of mortality for the under-fives were in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with India and Nigeria combined registering 42% of the 499,000 global under five deaths due to diarrhoea in 2015

June 2, 2017
Financial Express, India.com

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

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

Maria Neira, head of WHO’s public health department, said “today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.” Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from drinking contaminated water. WHO is urging the international community to invest to provide universal access to safe drinking water

April 13, 2017
New Vision
April 14, 2017
The Nation, Hindustan Times
April 15, 2017
Sunday Times

Le Nord-Est de Madagascar durement touché

OCHA said that the Enawo cyclone in Madagascar left 30,650 people at risk of food insecurity and 168,000 with no access to drinkable water. Now health authorities are raising concerns about possible disease outbreaks and the first malaria cases have been recorded

April 12, 2017

In India, switching to vegetables, oranges and papaya could help save water: study

A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal said India could save water and reduce planet warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits, like melons, oranges and papaya to their diets while reducing wheat and poultry, according to researchers

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Medical Xpress

Here's a reason behind depleting groundwater

A new study by researchers has found that the use of non-renewable groundwater in food production has increased exponentially. In 2000, non-groundwater use account for 20% of the world’s irrigation. In 10 years it jumped to 22%, driven by cases such as China, which registered a 102% increase in groundwater depletion, and the USA (31% increase) and India (23%)

April 1, 2017
Economic Times

“What we have seen is hard to believe:” A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

International Medical Corps expert explains what he saw when he was part of a fact finding missions to Baidoa in Somalia, in a team to assess the situation and plan for the best way to help the IDPs who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger

March 31, 2017

Waterborne diseases on the rise

Waterborne diseases appear to be on the rise in Ahmedabad. According to the weekly health report from AMC, five cases of cholera were reported in civic-run hospitals in the city. Last week, 287 cases of waterborne diseases were reported, of these, 186 cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, 39 of jaundice, 70 cases of typhoid and two cases of cholera. Two fresh cases of swine flu have also been reported

March 28, 2017
Times of India, Nyoooz

41 million people in Nigeria without access to clean water —Water Aid Nigeria

To mark World Water Day, Water Aid Nigeria called for urgent action from the international community and the government to reach the 41m rural people in Nigeria without access to clean water. The organization called on governments to prioritize and fund water, sanitation and hygiene to fulfil fundamental human rights and to build communities’ resilience to extreme weather events and climate change

March 28, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Sun

Peru reels from floods as it waits for end to brutal rainy season

The spectre of diseases thriving amid pools of stagnant water in flooded neighbourhoods is one of a raft of problems Peru faces as it waits for the end of an unusually brutal rainy season. More than 80 people have been killed and 110,000 people displaced in rain-related incidents since December, most of them this month after a sudden warming of Pacific waters off the coast unleashed torrential downpours in a damaging local El Nino phenomenon

March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
La Prensa
March 27, 2017
Diario Correo, Peru Informa

Nearly 600 million children to live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040: UNI...

In a new UNICEF report, the writers outlined the scenario where one of four children worldwide will be living in areas where water demand far outstrips supply by 2040

March 22, 2017
News Express , Reuters, The Guardian, bdnews24.com

Court grants living status to the ganges

Uttarakhand’s high court granted the Ganga and Yamuna rivers status as living entities, bestowing on them the same legal rights as a person, a move that could help in efforts to clean the pollution-choked rivers

March 22, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 21, 2017
Reuters, Le Figaro
March 20, 2017
Press Trust of India
March 22, 2017
Indian Express
March 21, 2017
The Asian Today

3 out of 5 Ghanaians drink water contaminated by human waste

Three out of every five Ghanaians are said to be drinking water contaminated by human waste, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio, according to David Duncan, CEO of WASH an NGO present in Accra to mark World Water Day

March 22, 2017
MyJoy Online

Number of rural Indians without clean water equivalent to UK population - charity

Reuters reports India is home to the highest number of rural people without access to clean water, and it faces increased strain on scarce resources due to a rising population and climate change among other facts, Water Aid said (

March 21, 2017
Reuters, Press Trust of India, The Hindu

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

The Nile River Delta, once the bread basket of the world, may soon be uninhabitable

The Nile River Delta is suffering from decreased water flow, rising sea levels and salt water intrusion – all of which damage food production and fresh water supplies, a multi-year study published in the Geological Society of America found. With a population expected to double in the next 50 years, Egypt may see critical countrywide fresh water and food shortages by 2025, the research team predicted

March 16, 2017

In drought-hit Kenya, fairer sharing of rivers helps keep the peace

Associations for water users along the Enkare Narok tributary are complementing the work of nine other groups on the main Ewaso Nyiro River. Together they are managing the resources in a way to avoid the violence that has erupted elsewhere, between herders and farmers, as drought shrank pastures

March 3, 2017