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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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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