Tag Archives: World Water Week

USAID/Liberia efforts in water supply, sanitation and hygiene

March 25, 2011

Around the world on March 22nd, people recognized World Water Day. The day serves as a reminder of the vital importance of access to clean water and the large numbers of people who live without that access.

Flashback: USAID mission Director, Patricia Rader hands over 350,000 mosquito nets to Deputy Minister of MOH Bernice Dahn.

Nearly 900 million people around the world lack access to an clean water source, and 2.6 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. The dearth of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is linked to over 2 million deaths every year mainly from diarrhea and diarrhea-related malnutrition.

The impact of water on all aspects of development is undeniable. The health, economic, and social consequences of water deficits in both quantity and quality for all users, as well as for the environment, are enormous and linked to many U.S. foreign assistance priorities in tangible and substantive ways. As a result, forging a water-secure world is an essential step in all of USAID’s development goals.

The people of the United States are dedicated to helping Liberia address water and sanitation challenges. Through USAID programs in the country, we are actively engaged in improving Liberian’s access to clean, safe drinking water and use of water for enhanced hygiene.

USAID’s Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) program includes activities to prevent water-borne and water-washed diseases by providing adequate quantities of good quality water, access to adequate sanitation, and the promotion of sound hygiene practices in schools and health facilities in rural communities across Liberia.

USAID also has a separate, new multi-year, multi-million dollar water and sanitation program that will seek to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), as well as the enabling environment for WASH, in target areas within the six counties of Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Lofa, Nimba, Bong and River Gee in Liberia and the selected communities of Bensonville and Duport Road in Greater Monrovia.

We are also strongly committed to improving the lives of women and girls who are disproportionately impacted by the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Sanitation is a critical gap and, in many countries, has lagged behind improving water supplies in terms of investment, political commitment, and progress. This is beginning to change, and USAID supports state-of-the-art approaches to sanitation that focus on behavior change, market development, and facilitating access to sanitation products and services.

In 2009 USAID activities world-wide gave about 6.4 million people access to safe drinking water and 3.4 million people to better sanitation.

In commemoration of World Water Week, USAID reaffirms its commitment to helping Liberians gain access to clean, safe water and vital sanitation and hygiene practices.

Source – Liberian Observer, March 25, 2011

Economic costs of poor sanitation and Asia Day at World Water Week

By Graham Owens  gowens@csr-asia.com

World Water Week concluded its annual get together in Stockholm last week and the 2,400 scientists, government leaders and civil society representatives declared that slow progress on sanitation will cause the world to badly fail the Millennium Development Goals. It said that water and sanitation looms behind food, energy and climate crisis while weak policies, poor management, increasing waste and exponential water demands are pushing the planet towards the tipping point of a global water crisis. (…)

(…) One of the main discussion points relating to sanitation was the use of funding; is there a need for more or smarter use of the money? There was also discussion on the role that the private (corporate) sector should play as a new actor with the traditional donors and government financing also continuing. (…)

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Getting poor to use toilets a major health conundrum, forum told

21/08/2008 15:29 STOCKHOLM, Aug 21 (AFP)

(…) What’s becoming quite apparent is that the way you actually have an impact on health, development and poverty alleviation is when people adopt certain behaviours,” Clarissa Brocklehurst, the head of UNICEF’s water, environment and sanitation programme, told AFP.

In recent years, experts have found that the best method has been to shame people into using some form of toilets, even the most primitive sort, to confine excreta (…)

Read more: AFP,  ICPublications,  Citizen.Co.ZaFrance24Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald

Stockholm World Water Week

Wastewater crops feeding millions

Thalif DEEN:  Vegetables, rice and other cereals in at least 53 cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America may someday come with warning labels that read “this is a byproduct of raw sewage”.

Against the backdrop of rising food prices and a shortage of drinking water worldwide, urban farmers are being forced to use either untreated wastewater or polluted river water both for their agricultural needs and for their economic survival.

A 53-city survey finds the practice most common in some of the world’s poorer nations where wastewater use is critical both to farmer’s incomes and urban food security while simultaneously raising critical health risks.  (…)

Read more: Thalif Deen, IPS, 19 Aug 2008

See also: Stockholm World Water Week

Even in Europe, 20 million people without toilets: forum

STOCKHOLM – A surprising 20 million people in the European Union do not have access to decent toilets and suffer from a lack of hygiene, posing serious health risks, experts meeting at World Water Week in Stockholm said.

“People think that in countries so bright, so rich, they don’t have this kind of problem,” Sascha Gabizon, the head of the non-governmental organisation Women in Europe for a Common Future and one of 2,500 water and sanitation experts attending the forum, told AFP. (…)

Read all Khaleej Times Online

See also: AFP,   France24,  EUBusinessThe Hindu

For the event: Stockholm World Water Week

Asia Water Day highlights leadership role in solving region`s water problems

Inspired leaders who champion reforms, mobilize resources and involve communities can play a key role in helping Asia meet its many water and sanitation supply challenges, said Xianbin Yao, Acting Director General of Asian Development Bank’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department.

Speaking in Stockholm, Sweden at the first ever Asia Water Day to be held during World Water Week, Mr. Yao said water resources in the rapidly growing region of over 4 billion people are coming under extreme pressure as a result of urbanization and industrialization, pollution, and climate-induced natural disasters.

Underpinning these problems has been poor management, with political interference and misunderstandings about how to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services, commonplace. In contrast to the region’s booming growth, water infrastructure and the capacity to manregage it lags well behind.

“What Asia needs is not just more financing. It needs better management,” Mr. Yao said.

More – Environmental Expert

Madagascar – President determined to solve sanitation and water problem

President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar is the only president in the world who is attending the current World Water Week being held in Stockholm, Sweden. About 2500 experts and government leaders are here discussing all kinds of issues and experiences relating to water.

At the opening session of the conference on Monday President Ravalomanna said he had set sanitation and safe drinking water problem as the top priority to tackle.

According to a national plan which is called MAP, the goal is by the year 2012 to ensure safe access to drinking water for 65% of the population and good sanitation facilities for 71% of the population.

More – People’s Daily Online