It is easy to take a toilet for granted – lock the door, do your business, flush when finished, and forget all about it. But for 2.3 billion people worldwide – almost one in three – such a normal part of daily life is out of reach. A lack of decent toilets and clean water causes diarrhoeal diseases that, on average, claim the lives of almost 800 children every day – one every two minutes.
The health impacts of poor sanitation trap people in poverty, making it difficult to get an education or to work to support their families.
With climate change already affecting the world's poorest, its associated weather impacts including increased flooding, landslides and drought pose a serious threat to global progress on providing universal water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid warned as the UN Climate Change Conference opened in Bonn.
Ensuring access to clean drinking water, decent toilets and good hygiene is essential to reduce the impact of droughts and floods, to prevent outbreaks of disease and to help communities rebuild more quickly.
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
Ending Cholera—A Global Roadmap to 2030 operationalises the new global strategy for cholera control at the country level and provides a concrete path toward a world in which cholera is no longer a threat to public health. By implementing the strategy between now and 2030, the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) partners will support countries to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent. With the commitment of cholera-affected countries, technical partners, and donors, as many as 20 countries could eliminate disease transmission by 2030.
‘The War to end Cholera’, a new report published today by WaterAid, reveals that the countries with the highest cholera burden are the same nations with the greatest number of people living without clean water and decent sanitation. WaterAid is warning that global efforts to end cholera will fail unless the world’s poorest are given the tools they need to fight the disease – clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene.
Il est difficile de croire qu'aujourd'hui 844 millions de personnes n'ont pas accès à l’eau potable et 2,3 milliards n'ont pas une toilette décente-soit environ une personne sur trois de la population mondiale. Toutes les deux minutes, un enfant de moins de cinq ans meurt de maladies diarrhéiques causées par les conditions inappropriées d'eau et d'assainissement.