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World Health Assembly Calls for Urgent Efforts on Drinking Water, Sanitation [viewed]

WHO28 May 2013: The 66th meeting of the World Health Assembly adopted 24 resolutions and five decisions, including a resolution on drinking water, sanitation and health. Delegates recognized WHO's role regarding the development and monitoring of water and sanitation norms and targets, as well as the integration of water and sanitation into other health interventions.

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WHO, UNICEF JMP Report Highlights Lagging Progress on Sanitation, Proposed Post-2015 Targets [viewed]

Unicef WHOMay 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released the 2013 update on the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation, 'Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water,' which presents global, regional and country estimates for 2011.

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WHO Calls for Patient Empowerment on World Hygiene Day [viewed]

WHO5 May 2013: Marking World Hygiene Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to improve patient contribution to hand hygiene improvement among health workers to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

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Event: LatinoSan 2013 [viewed]

The third LatinoSan is organized by the Panamanian Government with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Swiss Cooperation and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). It will examine the current state and future prospects for sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), focusing on emerging challenges and opportunities, and consider the creation of a mechanism to follow-up the commitments made at LatinoSan 2007 and 2010 conferences. On this last point, conference organizers hope to win endorsement in a Declaration of Panama for the idea of creating a Pro-tempore Regional Secretariat for Sanitation.  

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WHO Releases Water Quality and Health Strategy for 2013-2020 [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a strategy for the prevention of waterborne diseases that will serve as framework for action by the WHO Secretariat for the period 2013-2020.

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WHO Releases Water Safety Plan Quality Assurance Tool [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has made available a Quality Assurance Tool for the assessment of Water Safety Plans (WSPs) to support the development, implementation and assessment of WSPs by highlighting areas of progress and opportunities for improvement.

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Serbia Accedes to UNECE-WHO Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

serbian-flag24 April 2013: Serbia has acceded to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) Protocol on Water and Health to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention).

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Event: WHO-UNICEF Workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of Ghana with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), this workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss national policies, strategies and targets around household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS), share lessons learned in HWTS implementation, and explore synergies and approaches to integrate HWTS within broader public health efforts. Workshop participants will include representatives from Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as other key stakeholders from international and local organizations, academia and the private sector.  

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UNICEF, WHO Launch Plan to Tackle Sanitation and Health [viewed]

Unicef WHO12 April 2013: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global plan to combat diarrhoea and pneumonia, which are among the leading killers of children under five years old.

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WHO Project Addresses WASH in Mauritania [viewed]

WHOMarch 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has worked with the Government of Mauritania to improve the quality of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, decentralize water quality control management and manage medical waste in Assaba, Brakna and Traarza, three southern provinces that are among the areas most vulnerable to climate change.

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