The global water and sanitation situation

The global water and sanitation situation

From Kathryn Paulsen

And for good reason. We know that clean water, along with decent sanitation and hygiene, are very effective in reducing poverty. It can help save lives, drive economic growth, keep kids in school and increase opportuniti

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Long-term economic issues in Zimbabwe meant that by 2008, much of its water and sanitation infrastructure had fallen into disrepair. With local authorities unable to mend the damage, water-borne disease outbreaks were common.

Through a DFAT-funded project in Bulawayo, World Vision oversaw significant improvements to the city's water and sanitation systems. It also addressed long-term issues, working with local councils to ensure they would be in a better financial situation to maintain these improvements.

In all, World Vision repaired nine sewerage pumping stations and cleaned over 250km of sewerage infrastructure. The project managed to assist over 450,000 people and led to a 40 percent reduction in diarrhoeal diseases in all age groups.

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