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Promoting safe sanitation among women
Nov 21, 2008 Women in a village about 200 km from the Indian capital are no longer embarrassed to talk about menstrual hygiene. An innovative idea of distributing low-cost sanitary napkins as part of the rural sanitation campaign is bringing about significant attitudinal change and awareness on safe disposal of waste.
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Diarrhoea a major killer in South Asia
Dec 03, 2008 Diarrhoea continues to claim maximum deaths in South Asia but has often been relegated to the background at the highest policy level. The recently concluded South Asian Conference on Sanitation noted that observing hand-washing and eliminating open defecation can reduce the numbers sharply.
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Sore homecoming for Kosi survivors
Jan 02, 2009 As flood waters recede in the villages of Bihar in eastern India, people are returning to their homes to find poverty and disease. Absence of clean water and sanitation, filth and decaying carcasses are constant reminders of the horrors faced a few months back by those displaced.
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Pakistan's MDG spending gap revealed
Jan 21, 2009 A Pakistan government document has revealed a US $2.8 billion shortfall in funding for meeting its Millennium Development Goals. Education, health, water and sanitation are all going to suffer due to insufficient budgetary allocation.
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Lack of toilets in Nepal schools make girls dropout
Feb 17, 2009 Studies attribute an increasing dropout rate for schoolgirls in Nepal to lack of adequate sanitation facilities in schools. In a country where only 10% of the poor have access to toilets, providing safe drinking water and basic sanitation to people remains a major challenge.
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Nepal's 'confined women' want freedom
Mar 13, 2009 Confining new mothers and women during their monthly menstrual cycles remains a widespread practice in Nepal. This old tradition of chhaupadi, followed out of fear, forces seclusion upon women in unhygienic conditions. But change is gradually coming with several voices calling for an end to this ostracisation.
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Building the capacity of women to cope with 'peak water'
Mar 23, 2009 At the fifth World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul experts from international organisations expressed concern on the severity of the water crisis. Women’s group highlighted the need for equal access to safe drinking water and greater participation of female community leaders in the management of world’s supplies.
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No toilets yet for 38% of world's population
Apr 10, 2009 The 2008 International Year of Sanitation revealed that almost 2.5 billion people remain deprived of adequate sanitation. The new Geneva-based Global Sanitation Fund intends to support local community projects, hygiene education and awareness building to make sanitation a more market-driven activity.
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Conflict simmering in Asia over water
Apr 21, 2009 According to a new report, 700 million people in Asia lack access to safe drinking water. The report, published by a US-based think tank, has offered recommendations for smooth water management in the region to prevent conflicts between hostile neighbours.
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Indian sanitation project wins UN award
Jun 24, 2009 For its pioneering work in the field of community-managed water resources, Gujarat’s Water and Sanitation Management Organisation has won the prestigious UN Public Services Award. The internationally acclaimed awards recognise creative institutional efforts that promote people’s participation in policy and decision-making.
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Procuring drinking water and sanitation: A progress report
Sep 01, 2010 The latest report of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation entitled Progress on sanitation and drinking-water – 2010 Update provides the latest data for drinking-water and sanitation, along with the implications and trends these new data reveal for reaching the basic sanitation and safe drinking-water MDG target.
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Arsenic exposure risk millions in Bangladesh
Jun 21, 2010 The Lancet medical journal has revealed that nearly 77 million Bangladeshis have been exposed to arsenic-contaminated water leading to severe health risks and a rise in death rate. Although authorities have expressed their doubts about the findings, the toxic tragedy calls for immediate action.
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Clean water for drinking
Jul 27, 2010 Scientists have developed an inexpensive method to remove arsenic from water within a fraction of a minute by combining nanocrystals with graphene-based materials, using simple handheld magnets or filters. This method can be easily adopted in developing countries.
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Nepal's name-and-shame tactics to deter open defecators
Aug 25, 2010 Open defecation has become a major problem in Nepal with cases of water contamination and gastrointestinal diseases multiplying over time. With innovative tactics like blowing whistles at offenders and posting name-and-shame flags, NGOs and health activists are driving a campaign to prevent the menace.
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Nepal: Filters to provide arsenic-free drinking water
Sep 07, 2010 After Bangladesh, its Nepal whose groundwater has been slowly contaminated by arsenic, causing health problems for its people. Various aid agencies are actively engaged to distribute water filters and de-contaminate wells thereby providing access to safe drinking water.
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Pakistan: Schools welcome children with lessons on hygiene
Oct 05, 2010 Schools reopen in Pakistan with children more than excited to return to normalcy. In collaboration with UNICEF and ECHO, these schools spread awareness regarding hygiene and sanitation crucial to avert epidemics post floods.
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Neglected diseases cost India dearly
Oct 18, 2010 WHO has stated that dengue and cysticercosis kill thousands of people and cost India nearly 45 million dollars every year. More often than not, these diseases flourish in unhygienic environments and are strongly linked with poverty.
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82% rural Indians lack adequate basic needs
Nov 23, 2010 A recent government survey reveals that 82 % rural Indian households are deprived of basic necessities such as tapped drinking water, electricity and sanitation. The report also indicates towards a rapidly widening rural-urban divide.
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Good hygiene for good eyesight in Nigeria
Jun 23, 2010 According to NGO Helen Keller International, two-thirds of Borno’s 15 districts suffer from trachoma-endemic, an infection causing blindness resulting from poor hygiene. Failure of the government to prioritise health in its budgeting and absence of clean toilets, sanitation is putting more people at risk of contracting the disease.
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UN declares 'clean drinking water' a human right
Jul 29, 2010 Members of the General Assembly voted to declare clean, safe, affordable drinking water and sanitation a ‘fundamental human right’. The resolution came in the wake of the fact that 884m people have no access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6bn lack access to basic sanitation.
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Ample water but poor sanitation in Amazon
Aug 20, 2010 Despite plenty of water available in the Amazon, there is lack of potable water as it is contaminated with sewage and waste. To add to the woes, the installation of the Belo Monte hydroelectric station, which will divert the water flow, is expected to pose serious threats to villages.
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World Bank promotes hydropower for sustainability
Sep 01, 2010 A recent World Bank report on water management reccomends the development of hydro-power projects as critical to meet the world's growing water needs. The report also seeks to speed up efforts to achieve MDG-7 to ensure safe drinking water and basic sanitation to millions.
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UN sidelines water and sanitation development goals
Sep 03, 2010 Civil society organisations have expressed concern that water and sanitation issues have not been given adequate attention in the draft outcome document to be adopted at the upcoming MDG Summit in New York. Experts claim that effective water resource management and sanitation are prerequisites for fulfilling the MDGs overall.
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UN, Google's joint initiative for water, sanitation
Sep 20, 2010 UN-Habitat and Google.org jointly launched the H2O initiative to plot water use patterns across the globe. The initiative will prepare interactive maps which can be crucial for structuring policies on water and sanitation.
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MDG Summit concludes with pledge to deliver promises
Sep 23, 2010 MDGs related to maternal mortality, reproductive health, water and sanitation were under the spotlight on the concluding day of MDG Review Summit held at the UN headquarters in New York. World leaders highlighted the need to reach out to the poor and most vulnerable to achieve the goals by 2015.
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Kenyan slums battle sanitation woes
Sep 29, 2010 Inadequate water and sanitation facilities and looming threat of disease outbreaks have made the condition of Kenyan slums incredibly pitiable. Due to a government’s policy of not supporting illegal settlements, the slum infrastructure has also remained poor.
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Sudan must not be forgotten post the historic referendum: Oxfam
Jan 11, 2011 International aid agency Oxfam urged world leaders not to forget Sudan after the referendum as overcoming the challenges of poverty, illiteracy and poor health and sanitation will need international support.
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Donor aversion to sanitation projects threatens development goal
Jun 28, 2011 Donors have diverted their aid away from 'less visible' water projects threatening the development goal on sanitation. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is known to impact more than 1 billion people worldwide.
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Bill Gates endorses new 'waterless' toilets
Jul 28, 2011 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has sanctioned grants worth US$42 million to come up with a new toilet concept which doesn't need piped water or a sewerage connection for disposal.
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Bay of Bengal global source of cholera, says study
Aug 26, 2011 A global genomic study on the cholera bacterium has revealed the Bay of Bengal to be the single source of all infections into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas over the past 60 years. The disease kills over a hundred thousand people annually in 56 countries.
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