There is an inextricable link between wastewater, health, and sustainable sanitation. Wastewater management is still a challenge in many parts of the world, due to the lack of infrastructures, financing to fund new plants or upgrade the existing ones, and lack of technical and institutional capacity. On a global level, it is estimated that 2.5 billion people still do not have access to improved sanitation facilities and nearly 1 billion still practice open defecation (2017).
These trends have severe repercussions on the environment, where large quantities of pollutants enter our waterways, and on human health too including outbreaks of water-borne diseases affecting especially the vulnerable groups and poor communities. It is estimated that almost 60% of diarrheal diseases is due to a lack of access to clean water and sanitation (2016).
Heavy metals, chemicals, and the appliance of faecal sludge as fertilizers pose risks associated with wastewater, and its reuse. Poor access to WASH has also proven to be devastating for communities, especially youth and pregnant women. The exposure to untreated wastewater and the lack of access to sanitation is indeed a public health issue, and an important challenge that must be tackled on the technical and policy level, and that requires appropriate research, investments, and capacity-building. Awareness-raising and education are also key to empower vulnerable groups and overcome the resistance of communities to safely reuse wastewater. Further, access to safe sanitation can significantly contribute to reducing health-related risks and brings multiple social and economic benefits.
This webinar will discuss tools and approaches to sustainable sanitation and the health-related aspect of wastewater management. The speakers will provide their expertise and examples on these topics.
Join the webinar on Thursday, 25 July 2019, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Nairobi time (EAT).
Please register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6432685481546434827