World Sanitation Day
Every being on the planet must defecate. Every country, however, deals with its excrement in a different way. The most vulnerable areas of the planet, its "developing countries", lack adequate santitation and water treatment systems. This problem means that waste affects their resources without it having been properly treated, leading to the contamination of their rivers and seas, and spreading diseases, some of them fatal.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 361,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrhoea. In addition, it points out that "poor sanitation and contaminated water are also related to the transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid fever".
- There are still 2.1 billion people who do not have access to water that has been properly managed.
- 844 million people lack basic potable water service.
- In 90 countries, progress towards basic sanitation is "too slow", such that its inhabitants will not benefit from universal coverage by 2030.
- Of the 4.5 billion people - approximately 60% of the world's population - that do not have safe sanitation, 2.3 billion still do not even have basic sanitation services.
- 600 million people share a toilet or latrine with other households.
- 892 million people - mostly from rural areas - are forced to defecate outside.
- The WHO observes that the improvement of sanitation systems, along with drinking water and good hygiene, could prevent 842,000 deaths per year.
The second project is Strengthening the Intercultural Healthcare Model in 13 Communities in the Municipality of Waspam. Its main objective is to boost the public health network's response capacity, and that of the community health network, contributing, at the same time, to the improvement of basic health, water and sanitation conditions. 1,639 families will benefit.
The Ivory Coast
Through support for these projects Probitas commits to achieving the SDGs for 2030, by drawing on the experience it has in the area, and sharing its knowledge in the health area in the world's most vulnerable regions.