Environmental Health Update – Feb 2, 2001

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Mouthwash Ingredient May Fight Malaria (Reuters)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An antiseptic used in some brands of toothpaste, mouthwash and soap may be an effective anti-malarial agent, Indian researchers reported Wednesday – – Jan 31 

Fern Soaks Up Arsenic Like a Sponge (Associated Press)
…Last year, a World Health Organization study said that up to 77 million of Bangladesh’s people are at risk of poisoning from naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water…….Two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a much tighter standard for arsenic in American drinking water,… – Jan 31

UN Sees Faster Global Warming, Humanity Responsible (Reuters)
…Watson said the implications of global warming on human health included increases in heat stress mortality in the summer and diseases such as malaria and dengue fever….
– Jan 22 9:56 AM ET

Some Rescue Teams Pack Up in India (Associated Press)
No outbreaks have been reported yet, but malaria, cholera and severe diarrhea were among the threats facing the homeless crowded into camps with no running water or toilets and relying on communal kitchens for food – Feb 02 

Cholera Kills 29 Zambians (Reuters)
Zambia is already burdened by rampaging AIDS and malaria, which currently account for more than three quarters of all deaths and health officials say they do not have enough staff and equipment to battle another epidemic. … Jan 27 

New Test Readily Identifies Drug-Resistant Malaria (Reuters)
Malaria, a deadly mosquito-borne infectious disease especially common in Africa, has recently become more difficult to treat in certain regions because of resistance to chloroquine, the most commonly used anti-malarial drug. –  Jan 24 

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Promising (Reuters)
A new synthetic malaria vaccine being tested by scientists in the United States and Switzerland is safe and may be effective in humans, according to early research reported this month. – Jan 23 6:51 PM ET

Policy/Research Reports

DFID – Better health for poor people: policy paper

USAID –

Policy implementation : what USAID has learned, Jan 2001, 
http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/pnach306.pdf  (495 KB)

Approach to combining technical and financial consultancy services for water supply and sewerage project development Aug 1999, 
http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACK577.pdf  

Balancing commercial viability with the needs of the poor in the development of urban water supply and sewerage projects Jan 1999, 
http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACK573.pdf  

Innovative approaches to solid waste management in India : focus on private sector participation Feb 1999, 
http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACK574.pdf  

Environmental impact assessment for urban environmental infrastructure projects Feb 1999 http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACK575.pdf  

USAID climate change initiative : FY00 reporting guidance for the FY 2003 R4 Jan 2001 http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PDABS943.pdf  

Urban performance indicators systems : a comparative approach to monitoring urban performance and application in Tamil Nadu Aug 1999
http://www.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACK578.pdf  

World Bank – Concessions, who wins, who loses and what to do about it, 2000

WHO – Climate variability and change and their health effects in Pacific Island countries, 2001

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