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The Bangladesh Paradox: exceptional health and sanitation advances despite poverty

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury from BRAC on the Bangladesh public health miracle, aid or trade, arsenic, floating latrines and the post-2015 development agenda.

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury from BRAC presents the "Bangladesh Paradox", International Water House, The Hague, Yje Netherlaands, 30 July 2014

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury from BRAC presents the “Bangladesh Paradox”, International Water House, The Hague, The Netherlands, 30 July 2014

By Cor Dietvorst and Vera van der Grift, IRC
Originally posted on the IRC web site, 01 August 2014

Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in the fields of health and sanitation. With a population of 149 million, it now has the highest life expectancy; the lowest fertility rate and the lowest mortality rate of children under five in South Asia (excepting Sri Lanka), although it spends less on health care than most neighbouring countries. Only 10% of the population in Bangladesh practices Open Defecation (OD) compared to 50% in India.

It is one of only six countries that are on track to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

Emerging from the war of liberation in 1971, Bangladesh embraced a new more liberal identity, which manifested itself in a change in societal attitudes towards women, and girls’ education in particular.

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Nepal: unsafe drinking water and sanitation in jails

The National Human Rights Commission Regional Office Banke has demanded an explanation from the chief district officer and jail administration on the issue of the 85 prisoners in Bardiya jail who are compelled to drink arsenic contaminated water. The Commission asked why no alternative source of drinking water was found for the prisoners despite the fact that 60 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic [water with more than 50 ppb is unfit for drinking] was detected in all five tube wells installed for them.

Nepal Water Supply Corporation and Nepal Red Cross Society Bardiya Chapter tested water of the tube wells in Bardiya jail recently. They have urged the prisoners not to drink contaminated water of the tube wells. But, the jail administration stated that it is incapable to manage alternative source of water in the jail

Source: Naya Patrika / NGO Forum, 11 Aug 2008 ; Naya Patrika / NGO Forum, 29 Jul 2008

Prisoners, as well as prison officials, in Khandbari prison, Sankhuwasabha, have been suffering from diarrhoea and dysentery for a week due to the lack of safe drinking water and proper sanitation. management of waste within the jail.

Source: NGO Forum, 15 Aug 2008

Prisoners in Kanchanpur prison are luckier. They now have access to safe drinking water after the International Red Crross constructed a 5,000 litre-tank water tank in the prison.

Source: Gorkhapatra / NGO Forum, 14 Aug 2008