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Sanitation crisis in Africa

POOP PROBLEM Sanitation crisis in Africa 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to basic sanitation 40% of population practices open defecation There are... 1 million bacteria 50 diseases 10 million viruses 1000 parasite cysts 100 worm eggs .in 1 gram of human feces Pathogens from the feces invariably end up tracked back into the village, often contaminating the community water supply and food. Diarrhea kills 1.8 million people yearly 90% of victims are children younger than 5 yrs old 4000 children die every day Diarrhea is the second biggest killer of children in the sub-Saharan countries. OPEN DEFECATION - ...puts people in rural areas such as sub-Saharan Africa at risk for snakebites as they go tramping into the bushes in the dark. Women looking for a private place to go are at risk of being followed and sexually assaulted. Twenty-five percent of girls drop out of school because. 5 they have no access to adequate sanitation. Many women in Africa wait until nightfall to relieve themselves, putting themselves at risk of urinary tract infections. According to the U.N., for every dollar invested in sanitation, $8 are returned in reduced public health costs and lost productivity due to disease. The flush toilet was voted the best medical advance of the last 200 years by the readers of the British Medical Journal sources:

Sanitation crisis in Africa

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Some facts and numbers about sanitation situation in Africa especially in sub-Saharan region.


Olga Oleszczuk


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