Water & Sanitation

Ebola response up but huge gaps remain

DAKAR/MONROVIA, 12 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While Ebola treatment and containment efforts are gradually gaining pace in Sierra Leone and Liberia, there are still far too few health workers, contact tracers and community monitors on the ground to keep up with the disease's spread, particularly in urban areas, say Health Ministry staff and aid workers. full report

Egypt’s rural poor watching Sisi’s policies

CAIRO, 11 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Two months since Egypt elected a new President, the rural poor are still waiting to find out if grand plans will become reality full report

Poor sanitation, poverty behind Swazi diarrhoea outbreak

MBABANE, 1 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A nationwide outbreak of diarrhoea attributed to rotavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 40 young children in Swaziland during the past month and highlighted the need for better sanitation and clean water in schools and homes. full report

Rising Ebola cases strain health workers

KENEMA/KAILAHUN/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”. full report

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

Market solutions to Cambodia's toilet troubles

PHNOM PENH, 5 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Having money in your pocket does not translate into a toilet in your home, so Cambodian sanitation campaigners are trying new ways to encourage latrine construction in a country where years of awareness and subsidy campaigns have not been flush with success. full report

Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water

COLOMBO, 4 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Angry paddy farmers blocked major roads in the Minneriya and Girithale areas in Sri Lanka’s North Eastern Polonnaruwa region last month, complaining the government had not released enough water for their rice to grow; they claimed they had lost 50,000 hectares of crops, or 1.75 million kg. full report

Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants

DUBAI, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera. And while the water is now slowly receding from Abu Ghraib and some families are starting to return home, Nuaimiyah Dam is still believed to be under the control of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and it is feared they could cause more flooding at any time. full report

Bleak outlook for 96,000 Kachin IDPs three years on

WINEMAW, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Nearly three years after renewed fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, aid workers say the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in limbo, unsure of their future. full report

Measles spreading in Chad amid weak vaccination coverage

DAKAR/N’DJAMENA, 19 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A measles outbreak that is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa is showing no sign of let-up as vaccine campaigners struggle to reach all at-risk children. full report

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