Reminder of my Watsan days

An old Peace Corps friend posted this link on Facebook.  It reminded me of the work I did as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana.  In many parts of rural Africa it is still normal to have no access to a toilet or latrine, and it is still normal to get water from unsafe sources.  It would be great to see more attention placed on this issue, but it tends to get ignored (as are children in much of Africa).

clipped from

Children sanitation alert issued

By Matt McGrath BBC science reporter

Burmese children in the slum area of Rangoon

In 2004, diarrhoea killed 1.8m people, WaterAid says

Millions of children’s lives are being put at risk each year because aid agencies and governments make wrong choices about health care priorities.

This is the conclusion of a new report from the charity WaterAid.

It says that diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation is killing many more children than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

The report says the global spending on HIV/Aids hugely outweighs the amounts spent on providing better sanitation.

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