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Cameroon: 1.5 Million Toilets to Improve Sanitation

UNICEF, October 10, in Yaounde, launched a project to construct some 1.5 million toilets throughout the country […] in three years at the tune of FCFA 3.4 billion per year. According to the programme, households and public establishments would have to do the digging of the toilets after which a subvention would be given to fund the decking of the toilet.

In the area of water, FCFA 25.5 billion per year would be used in the construction of 22.000 new taps, and the rehabilitation of 6000 existing ones.

[In Cameroon] only 15 percent of the rural population having access to improved toilets.

[…] UNICEF would equally identify, conceive and develop an information communication and education tool geared towards behavioural change, and knowledge acquisition in practical hygiene and support water and sanitation projects in schools and health centres.

Source: Leocadia Bongben, The Post (Buea) / allAfrica.com, 17 Oct 2008

Cameroon: Urban Bilharzia Infection Spreading

Medical officials in Cameroon say bilharzia, a waterborne larvae which causes life-threatening internal damage if left untreated, is rampant in both rich and poor areas of Yaounde and other cities because of poor water and sanitation infrastructure.

“We found that 32 percent of the inhabitants of Mballa I-Dragage, a very high class residential area minutes from the centre of Yaounde, are infected with bilharzia,” said Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté, president of the national programme against bilharzia (PNLSHI).

More – IRIN

Cameroon – Diarrhea: a rampant disease among children below 5?

Most kids in Cameroon battle diarrhea from time to time, but the good news is that it’s often caused by infections that don’t last long and usually are more disruptive than dangerous.

Still, it’s important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent diarrhea. In an interview conducted by Elvis Teke, Dr. Serge EMALEU paints a picture of the disease and how it can be controlled.

Elvis Teke: What are the most common causes of Diarrhea?

Dr. Serge EMALEU: Diarrhea — frequent runny or watery bowel movements (poop) — is usually brought on by gastrointestinal (GI) infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites.

The specific germs that cause diarrhea can vary among geographic regions depending on their level of sanitation, economic development, and hygiene. For example, in our country with poor sanitation and where human waste is sometime used as fertilizer often have outbreaks of diarrhea when intestinal bacteria or parasites contaminate crops or drinking water.

Read More – Cameroon RT