Vulnerability to Dengue Virus: First Global Maps Published by UN University
Large parts of Europe, South America face rising vulnerability
The first-ever maps of global vulnerability to dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical virus that produces a painful condition of body joints sometimes referred to as "breakbone fever," were published today by UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health.
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Study in Uganda shows under-18s most vulnerable to cholera, typhoid, acute diarrhea, other water-related health risks rising with climate change
Maureen Seguin and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
It is very clear that water-related disease is responsible for a significant proportion of the global burden of illness. It is equally clear that, while there is significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goal target for drinking water, sanitation is falling woefully short of the target. Provisioning of adequate sanitation has not managed to keep up with population growth and the aggregate number of unserved people has increased over the past 2 years.
This paper explores the potential for developing improved measures of the access component of household food security. Relevant conceptual and measurement issues are discussed, followed by a review of the U.S. approach and examples of efforts in developing countries. The potential portability and challenges of applying the U.S. approach to developing countries are also discussed.