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Over 57% of Ethiopians have safe drinking water: UNICEF

Source : AA / 22 Mar 2014

Over 57 percent of Ethiopia's population has access to safe drinking water, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, while noting that improved sanitation in the Horn of Africa country was not enough.

In a statement, UNICEF said more than half of Ethiopian households (54 percent) had access to improved sources of drinking water, compared to 35 percent in 2005 and only 25 percent in 2000.


World's population at risk from organism-borne diseases

Source : AA / 21 Mar 2014


The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information stating that more than half of the world`s population is at risk from vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. 


Diseases such as these are commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic.


Diabetics told to stay away from camels

Source : Arab news / 05 Mar 2014

The Ministry of Health warned more than three million people with diabetes in Saudis from contact with camels. The warning applies to those receiving immunity-decreasing medicine such as cortisone, those undergoing cancer treatment or organ implants surgeries.


Most Southern African countries to miss 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets

By Magda Mis / / 03 Mar 2014

More than 40 million people in Southern Africa who should have received access to safe drinking water by 2015 will miss out, and 73 million will go without basic sanitation due to investment shortfalls, according to a report released on Monday.

Only two out of 15 Southern African countries - Botswana and Seychelles - are set to meet their 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce by half the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation, said the report by Water Aid.


Medical city planned for special needs patients in Saudi capital

Source : Saudi Gazette / 03 Mar 2014

A private healthcare group has announced plans to establish a medical city in Riyadh to cater to the needs of special needs patients.

Chairman of al-Hanouf Group Dr. Mohammad al-Mehaizei was quoted as saying in a section of the Arabic press on Saturday that the medical city will be called al-Hanouf-Mount Sinai Medical City for Medical Rehabilitation.


Duma seeks moratorium on GMO production in Russia

Source : RT / 27 Feb 2014

Legislators are asking the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically-altered products in Russia, while the Agriculture Ministry suggests the punishment for illegal GMO production be equated to that of growing cannabis.


Million babies a year die within 24 hours

Source : AFP / 26 Feb 2014

A million newborn babies a year die within 24 hours, charity Save the Children said in a report out Tuesday which urged governments to tackle preventable deaths.

The report by the British-based organization said 6.6 million children around the world died in 2012 before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes.


Camels likely source of MERS virus in people: study

Source : AFP / 26 Feb 2014

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday.

Called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, it has killed 79 of the 182 people infected since September 2012, according to the World Health Organization.


WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

Source : The Independent / 25 Feb 2014

A “deadly” epidemic of physical inactivity and diets high in fats, salts and sugars has led to obesity and overweight becoming “the new norm” throughout Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Up to 27 per cent of Europe’s 13-year-olds and 33 per cent of 11-year-olds are overweight, officials said ahead of an EU summit in Greece with a special focus on “the grave public health concern” of childhood obesity.


70% of Saudis are obese, says study

Source : Arab news / 18 Feb 2014

Obesity is fast turning out to be a major cause of concern for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with seven out of 10 Saudis suffering from obesity, and 37 percent of Saudi women facing problems related to overweight. And to top it all, their problems are compounded because health insurance does not cover obesity surgery.


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