Sanitation vs. vaccination in cholera control

IRIN, May 2009
International Vaccine Institute director John Clemens argues for a coordinated effort against diarrheal diseases. “It is a false dichotomy to pit sanitation against vaccination,” he asserts. “Progressively, people are thinking about how water sanitation and vaccinations can work together.”

Two new reports highlight stalled progress against diarrheal disease
PATH, May 2009
PATH and WaterAid America released two new reports that show that the international aid community and developing-country governments are not responding to clear evidence on child mortality by targeting resources where the disease burden is greatest.

Diarrhoea - second biggest killer of under-fives being ignored
Medical News Today, May 2009
"The international health agenda is failing to save the lives of millions of children by not responding appropriately to causes of child deaths, according to development organisation WaterAid in a new report released today."

The possibility of a pandemic and the reality of diseases that kill
The Huffington Post, May 2009
Author Richard Chin advocates for action against diarrheal disease--the second leading cause of death in children--and urges readers to join the fight against this "senseless killer."

The Politics of Toilets
The Washington Post's Post Global, April 2009
Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, reminds us of the deadly consequences of lack of sanitation and unsafe water. According to George, "Diarrhea is world's most effective weapon of mass destruction."

It's 2009. Do you know where your soul is?
New York Times, April 2009
An op-ed column by Bono, co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, highlights rotavirus as a "killer pest" that our aid money would be well spent on. "It's not charity, it's justice."

Transparency: Drinking Water
GOOD, March 2009
This brief video presents statistics on the dangers of contaminated drinking water and outlines affordable sanitation solutions.

Water deserves higher priority on development agenda
United Nations, March 2009
"Chronic underinvestment and poor governance in many parts of the world has left hundreds of millions of people deprived of their right to safe water and basic sanitation, vulnerable to disease and extreme hunger," stated the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the opening of the 2009 World Water Forum.

Neglected disease research and development: how much are we really spending?
The George Institute for International Health, February 2009
The first survey of global public and private investment in research and development of products for neglected diseases found that almost 80 percent of funding was directed to HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria interventions, while major childhood killers including diarrheal disease and pneumonia received less than 6 percent.

Zimbabwe cholera tied to crumbling infrastructure
National Public Radio, December 2008
Zimbabwe faces a crisis as a severe cholera outbreak grips the country, attributed to failures of water and sanitation systems.

Prepare for bout of "winter" diarrhoea
Vietnam News, December 2008
More children are admitted for diarrhea during winter months, but Vietnamese health officials urge use of oral rehydration solution and hygienic practices.

… Now we can seriously discuss sanitation
Scientific American, October 2008
An interview with Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters.

Millions lather up to save lives as UN observes Global Handwashing Day
UNICEF, October 2008
In more than 70 countries around the world, children, teachers, and parents joined celebrities, officials, civil society, and the private sector to raise awareness about handwashing with soap.

RotaTeq® receives WHO pre-qualification—Significant step in Merck's efforts to expand global access to rotavirus vaccine
Medical News Today, October 2008
WHO prequalification is an important milestone for making new rotavirus vaccines available for procurement by UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance, increasing access for the developing world.

A simple solution
Time, October 2006
An article on the history and potential of oral rehydration solution.