Leveraging commercial sustainability to help bolster health; nutrition; and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions
Patrick Norrell, director of agriculture and economic growth for Tetra Tech International Development Services, discusses the importance of incorporating commercial sustainability into food security programs, which in turn will help make economic growth more inclusive and resilient. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
Arrow Electronics presented “Courage in Sports” on CBS over the weekend. The documentary-style U.S. television program features inspiring stories of athletes who have overcome adversity. This year, “Courage in Sports” showcased the Arrow Quintum—five paralympians with a common purpose to push their own limits and inspire the next generation.
Even today, about 2.4 billion people—one in every three globally—live without access to proper sanitation. Recognizing the magnitude of the challenge, in FYE2016, LIXIL pledged to provide better sanitation to 100 million people by 2020. Since then, we have been accelerating our efforts to deliver viable toilet solutions to areas lacking adequate sanitation.
Launched to great fanfare as a set of 17 global ambitions, the Goals offer the world a useful ‘to do’ list for the planet. Fix everything on the list by 2030, and all will be okay in the world. At least, that’s the theory.
The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative today announced the approval of its Third-Party Verification Program. This program provides a means for manufacturers to obtain an authoritative third-party verification of Health Product Declarations® (HPDs) that they have created for their products. The goal of the program is to provide an optional, extra level of assurance to manufacturers and users of HPDs that the information reported is accurate, reliable and consistent, across products and product categories.
Forty years ago, if you didn’t see it, you weren’t worried. Today, given advances in science and technology, we now understand that gases and micro-pollutants in our air –even those we can’t detect by sight or smell –can impact our health and well-being. Air quality is no longer something we can judge by our senses alone, especially indoors.
De Beers Group’s Venetia mine in South Africa has hosted free health screening sessions for mining communities as part of a R1.8 million health initiative.
Around 1,500 people were screened at the health fair held during the Community Health Week in mid-October in the towns of Musina, Alldays and Blouberg.
The mine teamed up with the South Africa Business Coalition on Health & Aids (SABCOHA) and technology company EOH for the sessions. The screening sought to detect early signs of health risks such as hypertension, diabetes, HIV and tuberculosis, as well as breast and cervical cancer in women.
The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, led the week and gave the keynote address to kick it off.