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sierra leoneSierra Leone
Parents Blame Teenage Pregnancy on Water Crisis

Teenage pregnancy in Sierra LeoneTeenage pregnancy in Sierra LeoneSince the start of the dry season, Portee - a sprawling and densely populated community east of Freetown - has grappled with acute shortage of clean water, forcing residents, especially young girls, to walk a long distance in search of water.

Many parents are thus genuinely concerned that this phenomenon could only help expose their teenage daughters to early pregnancy.

somaliaSomalia
50 Somalis dead from contaminated water

Mother quenching a thirsty boyMother quenching a thirsty boyAt least 50 people have died in Somalia after drinking contaminated water from a well in northern Mogadishu, an official in that East African country said last December 12.

Osman Mohamed, the deputy commissioner for Somalia’s Yaqshid district said about the deaths among those who drank from the newly constructed well. More than 150 people who had water from that well were recently hospitalized.

South africaSouth Africa
Primary School Kids Sent Home Because of Lack of Toilets and Sewage Smell

Hanging around waiting for some toilets in TembisaHanging around waiting for some toilets in TembisaIt is only 10am on a Wednesday morning and A.C.J. Phakade primary school students in Nomzamo township (near Strand in Cape Town) are already walking home or waiting for shuttles to fetch them.

The reasons is that their teachers are holding what they are calling a go-slow. The go-slow started on Tuesday because of the shortage of toilets for students and teachers, as well as a broken sewage system that has left an overpowering stench in the classrooms, and unfinished construction that started in 2011.

ZimbabweZimbabwe
Mutare Loses Half Its Treated Water through Leakages

Water leakages in MutareWater leakages in MutareThe city of Mutare is processing enough water for its residents but about half of it is lost through burst pipes and leakages, a council official has said.

Town Clerk Obert Muzawazi said the council was failing to replace obsolete pipes to minimize the losses due to financial constraints.

“We are losing 52 percent of our purified water due to leakages and pipe bursts,” said Muzawazi, adding that the council was working round the clock to ensure that the problem was minimized.

Campaigning for better WASH in health carefacilities

By Cor Dietvorst
Maternity ward Gazipur BangladeshMaternity ward, Gazipur, Bangladesh. © DFATD-MAECD/Wendell Phillips.WHO is launching a global plan of action to improveaccess to WASH at all health care facilities. This kind ofintersectoral collaboration is set to become a major themein the post-2015 development agenda.

Better access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) inhealth care facilities is crucial for mothers and babies tostay healthy. It is just as important as curative measuressays Dr Maria Neira, the Director of Public Health andEnvironment at the World Health Organization (WHO).She announced that WHO will launch a global plan ofaction by March 2015 on improving access to WASH at allhealth care facilities.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2