The Huffington Post, December 2010

On December 17, ABC will launch a global health series. In this article, Richard Besser, M.D., ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, recalls his first job in public health at the International Center of Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. For his news story on 20/20, he returns to Dhaka, where there has been much progress in maternal and child mortality, but much more to be done.

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The New York Times, December 2010

Though the cholera epidemic in Haiti has received international attention, ordinary diarrheal diseases have been killing Haitians for years. In fact, diarrhea is the leading killler of children in the country. In his article, Josh Ruxin gives a nod to other countries who have controlled the spread of cholera with simple solutions like oral rehydration therapy and expresses the hope that the international community will help Haiti to do the same.

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A new vaccine which prevents the most deadly forms of pneumonia – the world’s number one killer of children – was introduced today in the routine immunisation programme of a developing country, paving the way to introductions in more than 40 developing countries with the support of the GAVI Alliance. “GAVI’s efforts in the next five years will significantly focus on tackling the two biggest childhood killers, pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases,” said Helen Evans, interim CEO of the GAVI Alliance.

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Read about Nicaragua's introduction of the rotavirus vaccine here.

Washington Bangla Radio, December 2010

Communicable diseases, particularly diarrhoeal diseases, are rising at an alarming rate in India. This article outlines some shocking statistics about the impact of unsafe water and poor sanitation in the country, which is responsible for 88% of the 4 billion annual dirrhoeal diseases.

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Globe and Mail, December 2010

Rotavirus infection – the most common cause of diarrhea and vomiting in young children – has essentially disappeared from the United States since the introduction of an oral vaccination program in 2006. The success of the U.S. program increases pressure on Canadian provinces and territories to fund the rotavirus vaccine.

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MinnPost, December 2010

As federal spending gets tighter, foreign aid advocates are fighting to keep these programs alive. this article outlines the reasons these programs should stay, including a Minnesota doctor who advocates for vaccinating children against rotavirus in developing country settings.

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The New York Times, November 2010

Josh Ruxin, director of Rwanda Works and Columbia University public health expert, makes the case for widespread use of oral rehydration solution, a cheap "medical miracle" that can save the lives of even the most severely dehydrated cholera patients. "No one need die from this historic killer," he writes. "Even a poor country has no excuse for letting people die from this disease . . . Oral rehydration therapy should be able to save nearly all lives."

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CNN, November 2010

"Humanity is facing a war right now with an enemy that appears to be winning. Although this war is not fought with guns, more people die from this enemy than all the guns and all the other wars in the world combined. What's really sad is that many of the casualties of this war are children under the age of 5. Who is this enemy, and what is this war that claims the life of a child every 15 seconds? The enemy is unclean drinking water, and the war is the world's water crisis."

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The Guardian, November 2010

Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, calls attention to the resilient scourge of diarrhoeal disease. Cholera outbreaks in disaster settings garner the most media attention, "but diarrhoea – the boring, unremarkable squits – kills 300 children every hour, and where is the uproar about that?"

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ReliefWeb, October 2010

For the third annual Global Handwashing Day, more than 200 million schoolchildren, parents, teachers, celebrities and government officials around the world will lather up, but at the end of the day, they aim to have more than just clean hands. This year the theme of Global Handwashing Day – more than just a day – aims to make the simple, life-saving practice of washing hands a regular habit long after the sun sets on October 15.

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