If you want to gauge how badly Nigerians have been animalized, then pay attention to how, and where, many of them defecate. Just recently, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that 33 million Nigerians have no access to decent toilets. As a consequence, said the report, these citizens of Africa’s most populous nation answer the call of nature in the open.
Is it really only 33 million Nigerians? One is afraid that here’s one occasion when statisticians have pegged the figure too low. Nigeria – as I wrote three years ago – may be described as one vast toilet. Anybody who has traveled from Lagos to Onitsha by road knows that there isn’t one single rest area with toilet facilities along the route. At stops in Ore or Benin City, pressed passengers must hurry off into the brushes, gingerly skating around others’ feces, in order to relieve themselves.
- Re: squat for money - The Squatty Potty - "healthy colon - healthy life" (product from the US) - by: muench May 22, 2015The book by German medical student Giulia Enders which Emma mentioned above in this thread has also been translated to English and is apparently a bestseller, at least in Germany. In English it is called "Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ". (bookshop.theguardian.com/catalog/product/view/id/286789/) It is discussed here […]
- Re: Sanitation Safety Planning: Manual for Safe Use and Disposal of Wastewater, Greywater and Excreta - by: joeturner May 22, 2015Does anyone know how long ago this came out?
- Sanitation Safety Planning: Manual for Safe Use and Disposal of Wastewater, Greywater and Excreta - by: F H Mughal May 22, 2015Sanitation Safety Planning: Manual for Safe Use and Disposal of Wastewater, Greywater and Excreta The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new publication - Sanitation Safety Planning: Manual for Safe Use and Disposal of Wastewater, Greywater and Excreta – that aims to protect the public health. According to WHO, the publication will assist the users […]
- Urinal Separation Units use in Jordan - by: ejayyusi May 22, 2015Dear Dr. Elizabeth The use of urinals in Jordanian is not found to be practical on household levels. As discussed previously (see here), households either have squatting toilets or "Modern Stools" and do not tend to use urinals in their personal/ household latrines. In Jordan, over the last decades, the use of urinal separation units have developed […]
- Re: BRAC's "Graduation" approach a great success in breaking people out of poverty! - by: vishwanathdalvi May 22, 2015Hi Cor, You are right, of course. There is much thinking to do here. Incidentally, speaking of ultra-poor persons, here is another study published in the priceless Science Magazine (www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6237/903.abstract). You may find it interesting. With kind regards, Vishwanath
- Re: squat for money - The Squatty Potty - "healthy colon - healthy life" (product from the US) - by: muench May 22, 2015
- State steps up sanitation drive May 5, 2015Over 50 female leaders from around the world recently published a declaration calling for the end of poor sanitation and hygiene in the developing world. Among those leaders are the first ladies of Madagascar and Malawi, both of whom announced the declaration in Washington, D.C.6
- Women Leaders target need for sanitation and hygiene April 30, 2015Over 50 female leaders from around the world recently published a declaration calling for the end of poor sanitation and hygiene in the developing world. Among those leaders are the first ladies of Madagascar and Malawi, both of whom announced the declaration in Washington, D.C.6
- Ebola response: CLTS running strong in rural Liberia April 28, 2015This week in Bong County, the National Technical Coordinating Unit (NTCU) – responsible for setting Liberia’s national WASH guidelines – verified 29 new communities as Open Defecation Free (ODF). “What was originally just a short-term basic hygiene promotion has become another successful Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project,” said Global Communities […]6
- Chienge districts celebrates ODF success April 27, 2015Chienge's achievement as Zambia’s first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district should inspire other regions in the country for similar success, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing Danny Chingimbu said at the district’s celebration of attainment of ODF status.6
- Liberian ODF communities did not experience transmission of the Ebola virus April 16, 2015Mr. deVries, Chief of Party of Global COmmunities described the fight against the virus and the Community Led Total Sanitation program as an incredible and challenging experience.He said with all of these challenges faced by his entity during his tenure, tremendous progress was made in the fight against the Ebola virus, especially in safe burial and the Comm […]6
- State steps up sanitation drive May 5, 2015
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