World Water Day: 22 March 2015
World Water Day 2015 focuses on ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. This year WHO reflects on the role of water in sustaining and improving life through its vital contribution to health, food, industry, ecosystems and energy.
WHO dedicates World Water Day 2015 to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities. A recent report of WHO and UNICEF analyzing data from 54 low and middle income countries representing 66 101 facilities show that, 38% of health care facilities do not have an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation and 35% do not have water and soap for hand washing. The report also highlights the disparities of WASH services among various health facilities - primary health care facilities have significantly lower wash coverage than hospitals.
World Toilet Day 2014 - Improving sanitation would deliver enormous economic benefits
With inadequate sanitation accounting for health and economic losses of over 6 per cent of GDP improvements in sanitation and related hygiene behaviour has the potential to deliver huge economic benefits. These benefits would be most felt by the millions of people that make up the poorest sections of society. Investing in sanitation makes sound sense in terms of economics, society and human rights.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in Nepal has committed itself to mainstreaming Water Safety Plans (WSPs) across all the country’s 75 districts. The country has significant water quality problems and the government is urgently seeking to address regular cholera outbreaks.
Nagpur, a city of about 2.5 million, is in Maharashtra in the centre of India. Total water supply to the city is 540 million litres per day with about 80% coverage (through 225,000 connections). The water supply system is progressively being upgraded to 24/7 supply and water security is being improved through large investments.
Ms Payden Regional Adviser Water & Sanitation World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia World Health House Indraprastha Estate Mahatma Gandhi Marg New Delhi 110 002, India email: firstname.lastname@example.org