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2Cameroon
Need for a Hygiene Culture

Lara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed inLara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed in Cameroon’s far northBy Nkendem Forbinake

Many see it as a last-ditch effort to improve on the declining state of public hygiene, especially as the Africa Nations Cup competition draws nearer and nearer. Many have criticized the state of public hygiene in the country and the authorities were beginning to fear that we were going to be caught pants down when the numerous visitors coming into the country for the AFCON if they met the situation uncorrected. Some have rightly called it a national disease.

On the major streets of Yaounde, it is not unusual to find passengers throwing out banana peelings or used Kleenex paper from car windows and quite often this is even done by those in vehicles no one would ever have suspected simply by the quality of their occupants!

KenyaKenya
The challenge facing our public schools is water and hygiene

The state of the only pit latrines serving Magombe primary school inThe state of the only pit latrines serving Magombe primary school in, Siaya county in a picture taken on October 04,2016. Lack of sanitation amenities has pushed boys to use the torn iron sheet walled structure to relive self. (Photo: Denish Ochieng/ Standard)Sanitation is still a challenge in Kenya, what are the current short falls?

Some of the challenges in the sector include financing and legal. The question is whether the sector or counties are able to attract different sources of funding due to the existence of limiting institutional frameworks for financial transactions to take place. The budget allocation to water and sanitation is just 0.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Public and private institutions at all levels must have the capacity to carry out their roles and responsibilities for effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) service delivery at scale.

4Nigeria
150,000 Children Die Annually in Nigeria from Unsafe Water - Osinbajo

150000 Children DieBy Levi Nwabughiogu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said about 150,000 children die of diarrhea-related diseases annually for drinking unsafe water.

He also regretted that Nigeria did not meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, for water and sanitation, attributing that to the inability of the stakeholders in the sector to access available funds.

South AfricaSouth Africa
Residents worried over state of Hartbeespoort Dam

By Nicolene Smalman

The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that the water is notThe Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that the water is not safe for human consumption (SABC)Business owners and residents of Hartbeespoort Dam, North West, are at their wits’ end over the flow of raw sewage into the dam. It is one of the province’s biggest tourist attractions, but prospective visitors are cancelling their holiday plans.

The dam which is a popular destination for retirees and tourists is now losing its appeal. Resident Clem Pretorius says, “We noticed the pitch black grime that came down the river, and the terrible smell … then we got a lot of dead fish together with the debris.” Some water sport enthusiasts and other tourists fear for their health and have cancelled their holiday plans.

sudanSudan
People Dying of Thirst in Red Sea and Blue Nile

People Dying of Thirst in Red Sea and Blue NileRed Sea / Blue Nile — Sudanese Members of Parliament have revealed that several people have died of thirst in the Red Sea and Blue Nile states, where the shortage of clean drinking water is acute.

Kothar El Atta, one of the MPs from the Blue Nile constituencies has confirmed the death of people in state. El Atta did not mention which localities, but asked where the ‘Zero Thirst Project’ is, referring to the project mentioned by President Al Bashir in the context of the National Dialogue.

 

                           


            

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