Dirty water plagues Nepal, as the video embedded in this story poignantly shows. 2/3 of the population lives without toilets and the April earthquake that devastated Kathmandu further damaged the already crumbling pipes.

Capping off World Water Week, the WHO pledged to strengthen its focus on water/sanitation in the battle against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Targeted water and sanitation interventions outlined in its new global strategy on NTDs http://www.who.int/…

A recent cholera outbreak in South Sudan has killed 39 and infected 1,212, revealing how conflict and displacement fuel disease. Crowded refugee camps have created ideal conditions for the spread of the waterborne disease—as refugees drink water from water tankers, eat…

Haiti has come painfully close to containing the cholera epidemic that exploded in mid-2010. In 2014, however, the outbreak resurged and by April cholera cases had increased by 306% over last year. Haiti’s 5-year cholera crisis is the subject of a compelling piece by Rose…

Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of waterborne diseases, UNICEF warns. Since the beginning of the year, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhea. There has also been a sharp…

Cholera is spreading swiftly through South Sudan, just as the escalating cost of clean water in the capital forces many to drink dirty water to survive. 33 people have died in Juba, including 6 children under 5, and 700 more have been infected. The country’s economic…

The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has surpassed 3,600 with many more feared dead as authorities still can’t reach remote villages near the quake’s epicenter, The Guardian reports.

A month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, its shattered health system is struggling to cope with a lack of food and safe water and growing disease outbreaks in affected communities. Reports of acute diarrhea in children and respiratory illnesses are on the rise, and health…

As travel and trade expands, food safety is an increasingly global concern that requires careful coordination and political attention, WHO emphasized yesterday.