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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CSRwire, October 2010

The International Zinc Association (IZA) announced new commitments to fund UNICEF programs in Brazil against zinc deficiency. Zinc micronutrient deficiency is a significant public health issue, causing 800,000 deaths overall and putting at risk more than two billion people due to ailments such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria. Many of these cases are preventable with a simple zinc supplement or through zinc-enhanced fertilizers. Furthermore, improved zinc nutrition is vital to children's cognitive development and learning.

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"At an event hosted by UNICEF, the Republic of Kenya and the GAVI Alliance, health ministers, donors and the heads of UN agencies called for the introduction of new vaccines that can dramatically reduce deaths due to diarrhea and pneumonia, the two biggest killers of children under five."

EurekAlert!, September 2010

When immunization rates decrease, diseases that were once thought to be wiped off the map, like whooping cough, can creep back into the global disease landscape, underscoring the need for universal vaccination coverage. "As long as there is polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases in the world, outbreaks are only a plane flight away."

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Daily Nation, September 2010

"Living to the age of five shouldn’t be a major battle. But for millions of African children, it’s one lost every day." Though Kenya's child mortality figures have decreased, more progress and sustained commitment from the international community is needed if Kenya is to achieve MDG 4. Professor Were, national chairman of the Kenya Pediatric Association, shows diarrheal disease control fits into the equation.

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The Phnom Penh Post, September 2010

Eng Hout, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, outlines his country's progress toward MDG 4, partly due to a very successful immunization campaign. At the same time, he also voices the need for more progress, since far too many children are dying from diarrhea and other preventable diseases. The article comes in advance of a global meeting of experts at the MDG Summit.

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