Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Mohol, PHILIPPINES, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA: Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what […]

Simple handwashing can prevent deaths of children worldwide, says UN

Simple handwashing can prevent deaths of children worldwide, says UN

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations New York, U.S., AMERICAS: From Ethiopia and Yemen to Bolivia and Viet Nam millions of children are today taking part in the sixth annual United Nations-backed Global Handwashing Day, driving home the message that the simple use of soap and water can slash highly preventable diarrhoeal diseases that kill 1,400 […]

Join Women Around the World: Celebrate Water

Join Women Around the World: Celebrate Water

Nicole Wickenhauser – Huffington Post – Monday, 25 March 2013 (originally published 22 Mar) If I really stop and think about it, water has been an important part of my life ever since my conception. Inside my mom’s womb, it was part of what nourished me. As I entered the world, it helped ensure a […]

Over a Billion Women Lack Safe Sanitation

Over a Billion Women Lack Safe Sanitation

Joe DeCapua – Voice of America – Monday, 19 November 2012 November 19th is World Toilet Day. It’s estimated that more than a billion women lack access to safe sanitation. The NGO WaterAid says a lack of adequate toilets puts women at risk of shame, disease, harassment and even violence. WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost […]

Odisha [India] climate plan deficiencies: What needs to be done?

Odisha [India] climate plan deficiencies: What needs to be done?

Sudarshan Chhotoray – Pioneer – Tuesday, 31 July 2012 The formulation and finalisation of Odisha Climate Change Action Plan (OCCAP) has been a step in right direction. But due to lack of involvement of stakeholders the plan has been directionless and inconclusive. It is evident that climate change impacts the socially and economically vulnerable disproportionately, […]

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

Kenya correspondent Tabitha Nderitu – WNN Features Nairobi, Kenya – When darkness descends in the ubiquitous slums and ‘informal settlements’ surrounding Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, women who visit and use communal toilets unwittingly become sitting ducks. The dangers are high, for women living in the slums, that they may become targets of youth gangs and individual […]

Overcoming Disparity – New study shows large gaps in healthcare for urban women

Overcoming Disparity – New study shows large gaps in healthcare for urban women

Women News Network – WNN MDG Stories Friday, 19 November, 2010 A new November 2010 report by WHO – the World Health Organization and UN-HABITAT – United Nations Human Settlements Programme, “Hidden Cities – Unmasking and Overcoming Health Inequities in Urban Settings,” shows that urban poverty can impact health statistics worldwide. Today’s urban cities are […]

KENYA: Climate Change Water Crisis Impacts Hospital Maternal Care

KENYA: Climate Change Water Crisis Impacts Hospital Maternal Care

Kenya correspondent Gitonga Njeru –  WNN Features with editor Margaret Mapondera Kakamega, Kenya: At the Kakamega Provincial District General Hospital, located in Western Kenya, access to adequate and clean water still remains a pipe dream. Even though the need is critical the hospital, which works with maternity medicine and birthing procedures for women, still lacks […]