Did you know…

Did you know that globally some 2.6 billion people are without access to any kind of improved sanitation?

Did you know that more than 2.2 million people, mostly in developing countries, die each year from diseases associated with poor water and sanitation conditions?

Did you know that the most affected group is the one of children under the age of 5?

Did you know that sanitation rarely receives the required attention and priority by politicians and civil society alike despite its key importance on many other sectors and for achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

People often do not want to talk about sanitation, and when asked about their wishes, you’ll often hear answers like “a new tv set, a vcr, a car..” etc. instead. So how come sanitation – as a basic human need – has become such a neglected request?

And please beware: just because the above mentioned facts mainly cover developing countries, it doesn’t imply that industrialized nations are having much better sanitation systems! Just think of the public toilet system in your town and ask yourself: would you want to use these toilets (if any) for your next nature’s call?

See?

With this small blog on the internet, we’ll try to display various approaches to an improved sanitation, cover some good and bad technologies and hopefully help to put sanitation on your agenda.

Because change will only happen if people really want it.

2 comments » Write a comment

  1. Almost half of the USA s now n drought. Atlanta faces mmnent water shortages. I lve near Pttsburgh, Pennsylvana. The sewer authorty has sgned an consent decree–to comply wth clean water law–whch wll cost $1 bllon or more.

    So whle most aren’t payng attenton now n the USA, that’s gong to change. Your blog s prescent.

  2. Lvng n Afrca makes aware of these thngs. Rght now wew are n the mddle of a electon campagn and not even aword s sad about lack of santary facltes only about sharng wealth whch s not there n the frst place.

    It s a good thng for us who are able to rase awareness on ths ssues as much as we can. I try as much to do so n my blog.

    At least we can say we tred.

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