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29 March 2012

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for water supply and sanitation has said that at its present pace, India would take time till 2054 to meet its MDG 2015 on sanitation.

29 March 2012

According to the latest JMP report, India ranks first among the 12 countries which practise open defecation, followed by Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Nepal, China, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Cambodia. Unicef-India’s Water and Sanitation specialist Aidan Cronin stressed the urgent need for India to curb open defecation: “The message of hygiene and sanitation needs more priority, particularly in rural areas. Efforts to curb the habit of open defecation should begin with the common man, as it is a major public health concern.”

29 March 2012

Though there has been a considerable improvement in sanitary conditions in India since 1990, the number of people defecating in open (626 million) is still enough to fill one-and-half football stadia every day. According to the recently-released WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme report, the MDG) target aimed at halving the population by 2015 of those who in 1990 were without access to basic sanitation is unlikely to be met.

27 March 2012

Malnutrition is not only a direct and indirect cause of infant mortality; it also causes stunting and has life-long influences on learning and IQ which will impair future earning capacity.

27 March 2012

Malnutrition is not only a direct and indirect cause of infant mortality; it also causes stunting and has life-long influences on learning and IQ which will impair future earning capacity.

22 March 2012

To mark World Water Day today, the STEPS Centre has gathered together a range of exciting and thought-provoking new resources.

22 March 2012

To mark World Water Day today, the STEPS Centre has gathered together a range of exciting and thought-provoking new resources.

21 March 2012

The 2012 update of the Joint Monitoring Programme’s Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation Report has been published.

With regards to sanitation, the bad news is that although 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, the world is likely to miss the MDG sanitation target. In 2010 2.5 billion people were still without access to improved sanitation.

21 March 2012

A survey by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) under the country’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) revealed open defecation costs Ghana $79 million per year. Another $215 million is lost each year due to premature deaths caused by poor water reticulation, lack of sanitation and hygiene. The total amounts to 1.6% of Ghana’s GDP.

21 March 2012

Kamal Kar speaks on the question ‘What one sustainable development issue would you like to see addressed at Rio+20?’ at the 6th World Water Council which took place in Marseille between the 12th and 17th March 2012.

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