Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sanitation in the News - Week of April 10-17.

Here are some relevant popular press articles on sanitation from the past seven days, give or take.  Presented without comment, so please feel free to comment yourselves below.

"Zoom Alliance, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited in partnership with the Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly will soon introduce a Community Sanitation Police and Monitoring Taskforce to help curb poor sanitation in the country...The move according to Kenneth Asare is aimed at ensuring that flooding and issues of malaria and cholera outbreaks during rainy seasons are eliminated"

Investing in Latin America's Water and Sanitation Solutions
"we’re left with a lot of work to do to reach the ultimate goal of universal access to clean water and improved sanitation. For the past three years, two early-stage social enterprises in South America—TOHL in Chile andX-Runner in Peru—have been hard at work creating the means to get us there."

Switzerland Gives $6 Million for Water, Sanitation in Zimbabwe
 "...Nkomo spoke after Switzerland gave $6 million to UNICEF to improve Zimbabwe's rural water supply and sanitation.  But given that 75 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population does not have access to clean water, that money may just be a figurative drop in the ocean. ..."

Nottingham researcher hopes sanitation app will help cut diseases in poor areas
"Mr Iliffe, a doctoral researcher at the university’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, has created a new web and mobile app, called Taarifa....It allows people to input and share their own sanitation problems using text messaging, e-mail or social media. The reports can be monitored by local authorities and acted upon to carry out repairs, improvements or new infrastructure, giving citizens the power to affect changes in their own communities..."

Gov’ts Can Make Water and Sanitation for All Africans a Reality by 2030; Says WaterAid

WaterAid’s report ‘Everyone Everywhere’ launched today(1) by President Johnson Sirleaf at a UN event on water in the Hague, in the Netherlands, sets out a vision for making safe water and sanitation available to all and reviews the progress that has been made to date in tackling water and sanitation poverty.

Sanitation: FCT residents applaud role of waste collectors

The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that water  vendors, known as Mairuwa, and waste collectors, called Maishara, provided essential services, such as water supply and waste collection.

African Water Facility Launches the Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene in Monrovia Project

"The Facility offers a €1.2-million grant to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to support a project aimed at increasing access to sustainable and affordable sanitation and hygiene services to over 800,000 urban slum-dwellers in Monrovia, Liberia.  This will be the first initiative by the Government to provide fecal sludge management services to unsewered poor areas of Liberia since the end of the civil war in 2003....The AWF grant will cover 86 per cent of the cost involved in the implementation of an effective, efficient and sustainable fecal sludge management system, which will include the construction and rehabilitation of sanitation infrastructure, as well as the production of affordable crop fertilizer from the fecal sludge collected."

"Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced today that it is receiving funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote hygiene and sanitation among children and families in high-needs areas in Bangladesh, India and Nigeria."

Saudis Approve More Water, Sewage Projects Across Kingdom

"Saudi Arabia approved $96 million of water and sanitation projects including reservoirs across the kingdom, state-owned Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen."

"Thames Water’s Clive Dickens is overseeing the WaterAid charity’s four-year project now half-way through which has so far fitted clean supplies and sanitation in four villages that the company has ‘adopted’.  Around 13,000 villagers are now getting safe water to drink and hygienic sanitation."

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