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Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network: Monthly Newsletters

Asia africa drought risk managementPublishers: United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)

Publication Date: 01 Dec 2016

This monthly newsletter aims to keep the practitioners and decision-makers engaged in different aspects of drought risk management (DRM) at local, national, regional and broader levels in the loop on the enormous volume of news and information emerging on DRM especially in Africa and Asia.

The newsletter provides the most updated news on the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network (AADP). It is also utilized by the subscribers as a communication tool to exchange a range of droughtrelated information between Africa and Asia beyond regional boarder, such as organizations, projects and programmes, publications, workshop and training events, and employment opportunities.

New mosquito net technology to combat insecticide resistance

bntA new type of mosquito net which combines two classes of insecticide has been shown to kill resistant mosquitoes which survive exposure to standard pyrethroid treated nets. The authors of the study, which is published in PLOS ONE, describe the findings as a breakthrough in the development of new types of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) which can meet the challenge of malaria control where standard nets show signs of failing due to insecticide resistance.

The research was conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who worked in partnership with the chemical company BASF SE and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium to develop and evaluate the new type of net, Interceptor® G2. The net combines two insecticides: chlorfenapyr and the pyrethroid alphacypermethrin in a long-lasting wash resistant formulation. The study evaluated the net in laboratory tests and in experimental hut trials in Benin.

 New book released on safe use of wastewater in agriculture

safe use of waste waterThe book includes 17 case studies selected from Latin America, Asia, and Africa The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNUFLORES) has launched a new book that will serve as a resource for governments interested in learning from existing good practice on using wastewater in agriculture.

The book Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples, aims to highlight how a sound understanding of the opportunities and potential risks must be the base for any use of wastewater.

“In many countries wastewater irrigation is not something organized by the government or local authorities,”

Hiroshan Hettiarachchi, Head of Waste Management Unit, UNU-FLORES, told The Source. “Farmers tend to identify natural and low-cost alternatives for their needs and water-reuse is one of them as it addresses needs in water and fertilizer. However, since it happens at a large scale now, organizing the process based on a scientific criterion is the need of the hour.”

 The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the Economic Case for Action

cost of air pollutionAuthor(s):World Bank
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Published:
2016-09-08

The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the economic case for action, a joint study of the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), seeks to estimate the costs of premature deaths related to air pollution, to strengthen the case for action and facilitate decision making in the context of scarce resources.

An estimated 5.5 million lives were lost in 2013 to diseases associated with outdoor and household air pollution, causing human suffering and reducing economic development. Those deaths cost the global economy about US$225 billion in lost labor income in 2013 and more than US$5 trillion in welfare losses, pointing toward the economic burden of air pollution.

 World Malaria Report 2016

unAuthors: WHO
Number of pages: 186
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
ISBN:
978 92 4 151171 1


 Overview
The World Malaria Report 2016 summarizes information received from malariaendemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2015 report.

The World Malaria Report is WHO’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report is for 2015.

 

                           


            

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