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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Daily Nation, September 2010

Diarrheal disease is a severe problem in Kenya, but the Ministry of Health's new national policy on diarrheal disease control is beginning to change that picture. The recently launched strategy is based on a coordinated prevention and treatment approach, and this article focuses on the ORT corner recommendation and PATH's work to revitalize these treatment centers.

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For more information about the recently launched national policy guidelines on diarrheal disease, view the press release. Also see NTV Kenya's video about the diarrheal disease control efforts in Western Province, Kenya.


Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, September 2010

A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday, September 4, to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on "increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe."

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BBC News, September 2010

A group of researchers in South Africa has developed an easy to use, cost-effective filter that can purify water straight from the bottle. Water is poured through a tea bag that filters and kills harmful bacteria. As a side benefit, it tastes better than chlorinated water.

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Reuters Health Information, August 2010

A new study on Australia's infrant rotavirus vaccination program, launched in July 2007, shows that that the vaccines cut hospitalizations for rotavirus diarrhea by more than half in that age group. A reduction was evident even among older children who hadn't received the vaccine, probably due to herd immunity. Scientists reaffirm that rotavirus vaccines should be strongly recommended for developed and developing countries alike.

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UNICEF, August 2010

Thousands of children in India die each year from diarrhea and its complications. But an estimated 88 per cent of global deaths from diarrhea are entirely preventable if simple treatment and basic health information can be offered. In Bihar, that life-saving assistance is now being provided through the generous support of the IKEA Social Initiative, the international furniture company’s philanthropic wing, in partnership with UNICEF, as they provide zinc and oral rehydration therapy treatment.

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Reuters AlertNet, August 2010

Research conducted jointly by KEMRI and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggests that waterborne diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera will overtake malaria as the country's biggest health problem by 2020 as climate change brings more extreme weather, including droughts and torrential rain. Because of this, medical scientists and environmental activists are urging the Kenyan government to speed up efforts to tackle climate-related diseases.

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Global Health Magazine, August 2010

In this blog, International Relief and Development Pakistan Country Director Sajjad Iman outlines emergency health efforts to curb spread of life-threatening diseases in the flood-ravaged country. Among the primary health concerns are diarrheal diseases due to crowded conditions, contaminated water, and a lack of access to basic sanitation services and supplies.

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Reuters Alertnet, August 2010

More than 3 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases in Pakistan, making them the most vulnerable victims of one of the worst natural disasters in history. According to UN humanitarian spokesman Maurizio Giuliano, their primary concern is water and health.

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U.S. Department of State, August 2010

On August 16, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about the President's Global Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. She emphasized the need for better coordination and integration of our global health programs, using rotavirus, oral rehydration solution, and safe water as examples of overlooked issues.

Read the transcript of the speech and view the video.

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