To mark World Water Day 2011, WSUP (Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor) has released a Call to Action urging governments, funding institutions and other decision-makers worldwide to invest now in urban sanitation.
Sanitation-related diseases are having a profound negative impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of children in cities throughout Africa and South Asia. Investing in sanitation is one of the most cost-effective means of improving child health. We need a global programme to support investment in urban sanitation, and we need it now.
WSUP is a tri-sector partnership between the private sector, civil society and academia focused on addressing the increasing global problem of inadequate access to water and sanitation for the urban poor and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, particularly those relating to water and sanitation. www.wsup.com
Investments in Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Water Resources Activities-Report to Congress, Fiscal Year 2007. (pdf, full-text)
This is the fiscal year (FY) 2007 Report to Congress from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) about obligations made during the year in drinking water supply projects and related activities. The figures presented in this report are based upon actual obligations reported by USAID Operating Units around the world. The report also briefly summarizes associated supporting water management programs that help ensure water security and sustainability with equity. These include water resources management, water productivity, and water-related disaster risk reduction.
During FY 2007, USAID provided access to improved water supply to more than two million additional people. Another two million additional people were provided with access to improved sanitation. The Agency’s investments in “drinking water supply projects and related activities” reflect the urgent need to provide safe and affordable domestic water supply that is effectively integrated into overall water resources management.
In FY 2007, USAID exceeded both the worldwide ($200 million) and the Africa ($50 million) Congressional directives, obligating $213 million worldwide for drinking water supply projects and related activities, and obligating almost $104 million for drinking water activities in Africa. This $213 million for FY 2007 represents an increase from the $203 million in FY 2006.
Table of Contents
1. Section 1-A: Introduction and Summary
2. Section 1-B: 2007 Congressional and Agency Background
3. Section 1-C: Overview
4. Section 2-A: “Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Activities” FY 2007 Obligations
5. Section 2-B: Regional Distribution of FY 2007 Actual Obligations for “Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Activities” and Results
6. Section 2-C: Programming Trends from FY 2005 and FY 2006 to FY 2007
7. Section 2-D: Drinking Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Wastewater Activities
8. Section 3: Water Resources Management Activities
9. Section 4: Water Productivity Activities
10. Section 5: Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
11. Section 6: Overall USAID Water Sector Funding Trends: Water Supply and Sanitation…
12. Section 7: Summary Regional Distribution and Water-related Activity
Distribution of 2007 Estimated Actual Water Obligations
13. Section 8: Appendix
More than US$350 million will be needed for Namibia to attain Vision 2030’s long-term targets for sanitation services and improved water supply.
According to 2001 statistics, 78 percent of rural folk still answer to nature’s call in the bush. Only 12 percent have access to proper toilets, while 10 percent use non-improved facilities. Although the situation of urban dwellers looks better because 70 percent are estimated to have adequate sanitation facilities while 17 percent still use the bush, the urban coverage is decreasing due to growing informal settlements.
Regarding water, 98 percent of the urban population has access to safe water, while in the rural areas the coverage is 80 percent.
With estimates that 73 percent of the population projected at 2.8 million in 2030 will be living in urban settlement, more facilities will be needed to cater for them. The improvement of water supply will require US$92 million, while sanitation services will need US$288 million, for the country to attain long-term goals of Vision 2030.
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Brazzaville, Congo – The Congolese government Monday released 6 billion F CFA to improve sanitation in the capital, Brazzaville, which is facing serious sanitation problems.
The Congolese minister of the Economy, Finance and Budget, Pacifique Issoïbeka, and the MP and Mayor of Brazzaville, Hugues Ngouélondélé, signed an agreement Monday facilitating the release of the money.
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GENEVA (AP) — The heads of key organizations involved in public health called on leading industrialized countries Monday to invest more in fighting disease.
The G-8 leaders should step up long-term efforts to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio and other health threats to build on progress they have made from previous commitments, said the heads of U.N. agencies and other organizations.
In an open letter to the International Herald Tribune they said new commitments by the leaders at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan, in July would reduce child deaths, undernutrition and global diseases. They also could provide more clean water and sanitation to people around the world. The members of the Group of Eight are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
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Nigeria requires more than 120 million dollars (about N14 billion) to provide 62 million citizens access to basics anitation and hygiene by 2015.
The statistics were provided by the UNICEF”D” Field Office in Bauchi in response to anational survey on sanitation and hygieneundertaken by the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN). The target is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on sanitation.
According to the UN agency, the country alsoneeds to build more than eight million toiletsbefore 2015 to achieve sustainable sanitation and hygiene.
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