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Nov. 18, 2016: Nov. 19 is World Toilet Day

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Nov. 18, 2016


November 19 is World Toilet Day. Find out why this is such a serious topic.

CDC Global Joins Instagram!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Instagram account! We invite you to follow us to see the many wonderful photos of our work around the world.

Instagram is a burgeoning channel, boasting 500 million active monthly users. 80% of these users are outside the U.S. 

You can find us on Instagram at @CDCGlobal. We also invite you to follow our profiles on Facebook and Twitter where we have lively international audiences.

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: Road Traffic Victims

Blog of the Week

Everyone Needs Somewhere to Go: World Toilet Day 2016

We use toilets every day – at home, school, and work – yet 40% of the world’s population does not have this luxury. Clean and safe toilets are more than just a place to use the restroom. They are essential for health, human dignity, and improved education. Sadly, 2.4 billion people are still using inadequate forms of sanitation, which in many ways represents a hidden public health crisis... Read blog


Infographic of the Week

Toilet day graphic

Video of the Week

World Toilet Day - where you go, matters

More than one-third of the world's population still do not have access to proper toilets. Millions of lives can be saved if only proper sanitation was available to all. When you have to go, you have to go. Watch video

Where you go matters

Story of the Week

No laughing matter

As many of us already know, access to a toilet has proven impacts on health and poverty reduction. But don’t let the numbers distract you from thinking about how it must feel to be one of the the 526 million women and girls who have to go to the bathroom outside every day. No privacy. No clean, safe water to wash your hands. Nowhere to throw out a used maxi pad. Worse still, a trip to the “bathroom” for 16-year-old Kajal Gautam in Kanpur, India also means risking sexual harassment or assault each day when she and her cousin, Sarita, have to use the open field... Read story


CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

Zika affected countries map

On January 22, 2016, CDC activated the Incident Management System and, working through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), centralized the response to the outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated response efforts to a Level 1 activation, the highest response level at the agency.

CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

  • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
  • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
  • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
  • Monitor and report cases of Zika, which will helps improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.

More resources on the CDC Zika website »

In the News

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Health Report: Polio Vaccine Shortage 
Voice of America
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CDC: Polio eradication within sight but efforts still needed
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
October 24, 2016

Billionaires Pony Up More Funds in Fight to Eradicate Polio 
The Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2016

Rocks And Auto Parts Were Part Of Polio Survivor's Rehab Plan
October 24, 2016

Here’s Some Promising News on World Polio Day
October 24, 2016

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