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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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Newswise, May 2011

"The Center for World Health and Medicine at Saint Louis University and the Institute for OneWorld Health have established a joint research agreement to develop new drugs to combat diarrhea, which is the second leading cause of death worldwide in children under age 5."

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Voice of America, April 2011

"The U.S. State Department says roughly 900 million people in the developing world walk an average of six kilometers to get water for their families.  So on Wednesday, the department sponsored a six-kilometer walk to raise awareness about the lengths many people must go simply to get a drink."

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Gates Foundation Blog, April 2011

"Dexiang Chen was born in Linshu, a rural town in the Shangdong province of China. During the height of the Cultural Revolution, his career was chosen for him: he would become a farmer. Now? Dexiang leads vaccine stabilization and formulation technologies projects at PATH, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving global health."

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Voice of America, April 2011

"This week, people around the world are taking action to put an end to deaths from these preventable and treatable diseases in children and adults. The World Health Organization (WHO) is partnering with 170 of its 193 member countries to vaccinate people around the world and to spread awareness about the importance of vaccinations."

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Business Standard, April 2011

Infant deaths from diarrheal disease have simple and effective solutions, but sadly, these treatments are not reaching the children who need them most. Figures from India, where diarrhea is responsible for 23% of child deaths, show that rural areas have the lowest ORS distribution rates.

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Treehugger, March 2011

A team of eleven climbers began a week long summit of Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise nearly $75,000 for The Water School, an international non-profit dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to the developing world.

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