“The world’s poorest nations are making halting progress in water, but little or no tangible improvement in sanitation — two of the basic necessities of life. The U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which seek to reduce extreme poverty and hunger by 50 percent by 2015, has also set a target of halving the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation.
But this goal may never be reached unless at least 10 billion dollars are invested every year, through 2015, to improve sanitation worldwide, according to the Stockholm International Water Institute. It is hard for policy makers and opinion leaders to imagine how unsafe — not to mention embarrassing — it is to relieve oneself in public, in the middle of the street, or for women in rural areas waiting for sunset to find a bush or faraway field, with high risks of physical assault or rape.”
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From the Manila Times
SOME 31 Filipinos, mostly children, die everyday from diarrhea due to poor sanitation, according to a recent study of the World Bank (WB) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The study, entitled Economic Impacts of Sanitation in the Philippines, showed P77.8 billion per annum account for additional healthcare costs and lost wages due to poor sanitation. The study was funded by World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and USAID’s-Environmental Cooperation-Asia. The report cited the Philippines Statistical Yearbook 2008 as stating high incidence of diarrhea cases of more than 38 million per year leads to the premature deaths of 31 Filipinos a day.
The report said 27 million Filipinos do not have toilets and are at risk of ingesting human fecal material. The health impacts of water pollution, and poor sanitation and hygiene comes from contact with human waste through ingestion.