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Water and sanitation are fundamental to health and development, especially in densely packed urban areas, where outbreaks of diseases such as cholera can quickly turn into epidemics. Clean water and sanitation have proved time and time again to be a critical factor in health and economic development. At present diarrheal diseases caused by a lack of safe water and sanitation is the biggest killer of children under five in Africa, claiming more children's lives than HIV/Aids, malaria and measles combined. In South Asia it is the second biggest killer.
Current investment into water and sanitation in the slums is inadequate and is failing to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people.
What are the current efforts and investments agenda in various countries in Africa set to tackle the need for safe water and sanitation? What efforts are in place from activists and organizations to encourage participation in the design and implementation of these plans at the community level?
ABOUT GREEN AFRICA
Green Africa is a weekly environmental discussion on AV radio, created to help mobilize a fresh understanding of Africa’s responsibilities in the universal ecosystem and generate consensus for right action. Topics are centered around sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the environment through advocacies on changes in public policies and individual behavior in recognition of humanity, ecosystems, ecology, health, and human rights.
Host: Ernest K. Opong Producer and Director: Wale Idris Ajibade Quality control: William A. Verdone
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