sanitation

Oxfam Designs Strategies to Develop Africa

Oxfam, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has announced its upcoming developmental strategies to ensure good health, water, sanitation and better livelihood among the needy and vulnerable in Africa.

Oxfam West African Regional Director, Aboubacry Tall, points out that the organisation has plans to ensure that the poor and needy had access to food, clothing, shelter, potable water, good health care and education in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

Japan Donates to NGO Projects in Mozambique

The Japanese ambassador in Mozambique, Akira Mizutani, and representatives of the three NGOs - Fondazione Terre des Hommes, of Italy, OIKOS - Cooperation and Development of Portugal, and the Mozambican organisation Kulima - signed the financing agreements in Maputo.

85 337 dollars will be invested in a project implemented by Fondazione Terre des Hommes in Boane district, in Maputo province, which seeks to improve education, water supply and sanitation in four schools.

Poor Sanitation Behind Diarrhoea Outbreak

A nationwide diarrhoea outbreak attributed to rotavirus claims the lives of nearly 40 young children in Swaziland during the past month and highlights the need for better sanitation and clean water in schools and homes.
 
Government social welfare officer in Manzini, Thab’sile Ndlovu, states that, “The link between poor water quality and child mortality is not a theoretical matter. We can see in the admissions rooms of hospitals how widespread the problem is.”
 

SA to Meet MDGs on Sustainable Sanitation

Human Settlements Minister, Connie September, is confident that South Africa will meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on sustainable sanitation.

Speaking at the launch of the Bucket Toilet Eradication Programme in Grahamstown, September said though there are areas that are still using the bucket system, her department will be able to meet the MDGs’ 2015 target.

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape's Human Settlements MEC, Helens Sauls August, says the province has strengthened its systems to avoid what she calls a second generation of sanitation backlog.

Govt Views Water as Commodity - SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that government is not protecting water as a basic human right.

In its report on water and sanitation in South Africa, SAHRC points out that, "...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector."

The commission argues that the result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households.

Harare Public Toilets Unusable

Harare's public toilets are in such an appalling state that very few are still usable, with most of them being perpetually blocked.

Local authorities have been blamed for failing to maintain the few toilets whose scarcity already impacts negatively on women.

Zimbabwe has however pledged to reduce by 50 percent the proportion of people without sustainable access to basic sanitation by 2015, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals.

SAHRC to Probe Sanitation at Schools

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate sanitation in schools across Limpopo after a Grade R pupil fell into a pit toilet and died.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, points out that the commission is aware of many other schools in the province that still used pit toilets.

Mangena, describes the boy's death as a shock and a disappointment, adding that, "We call on the department of basic education to move with necessary speed to ensure that all pit toilets in schools are eradicated."

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