On Monday, May 21, at the Atlanta Summit, CARE, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta gathered Atlanta’s leaders and other prominent Americans to discuss sustaining U.S. leadership to improve the world’s health. In this blog, J. Stephen Morrison reflects on the outcomes of the Summit.
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On May 21, 2012, The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CARE USA, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a major conference on how the United States, even in the midst of fiscal austerity and political division, can best advance the world’s health.
Ten months after suffering “the largest urban disaster in modern history” – a devastating 7.0-magnitude (MMS) earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed over 316,000 and affected 3 million – Haiti faced an outbreak of cholera. In Part 2 of our look at Haiti's cholera outbreak, CSIS examines the Haitian government's response and the challenges that lie ahead.
The Dominican Republic reported its first cholera cases in November, 2010 – just two months after the initial outbreak in neighboring Haiti. Two years later, the Dominican Republic has recorded far fewer cholera cases and related deaths than Haiti; the higher quality of the Dominican Republic’s water and sanitation infrastructure and its responsiveness to the cholera outbreak are important reasons for the lower numbers.
In this blog post, CSIS looks at the science behind cholera: how it is transmitted and how it targets the human being.
Ten months after suffering “the largest urban disaster in modern history” – a devastating 7.0-magnitude (MMS) earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed over 316,000 and affected 3 million – Haiti faced an outbreak of cholera. In Part 1 of our look at Haiti's cholera outbreak, CSIS examines the origins of Haiti's cholera outbreak.
An end to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) may be in sight. The London Declaration on NTDs, announced on January 30th 2012, may mark the beginning of a new era in which these neglected diseases share the spotlight. The London Declaration calls for the eradication, elimination, and control of many NTDs, with target dates set for the year 2020.
The 2010 floods were by far the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. Flooding of almost biblical proportions ultimately affected more than 20 million people and covered one-fifth of the country’s territory. However due to coordinated emergency reponse, the international community avoided a large-scale disease outbreak in Pakistan in 2010.
At Coca-Cola, water is vital to the sustainability of our business. We're working with partners in countries around the world to help manage water resources responsibly. As we've engaged in these partnerships, one of the things we've learned is how important access to water and sanitation is to the empowerment of women and girls.
Women in most of the developing world have the primary responsibility for managing their household’s water supply. Unfortunately, that is not always their choice. Too often, where water is scarce, women are the ones forced to fetch it -- often traveling long distances on foot, sometimes two or three times a day. By providing women with the knowledge and tools to treat water and make it safe, one woman can change the health and well-being of her entire community.
Two important developments over the last decade are converging to offer a monumental opportunity to advance the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. These women have been held back from healthy, productive lives due to lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The debate around "sustainability" is somewhat surprising. Arguments rage over the issue for reasons I still struggle to fully understand. Simply put, sustainability means that water flows, toilets are used and hands are washed, forever. Not for awhile or for the operational life for a particular piece of hardware, but rather to the point that children grow up expecting water to flow, expecting toilets to be available to them at all times, and unthinkingly wash their hands.