Climate Change Exacerbating WASH Challenges, Experts Say On World Toilet Day
Devex: World Toilet Day: Experts say climate change is intensifying sanitation crisis
“On World Toilet Day, WASH experts say climate change is intensifying the sanitation crisis and are calling for more support. Currently 4.2 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation. Without it, human feces can contaminate groundwater, rivers, and lakes, polluting what is often the only supply of water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. This jeopardizes people’s health by exposing them to waterborne diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, and dysentery…” (Root, 11/19).
Devex conducted interviews with two experts on WASH issues, including Dominic O’Neill, executive director of the newly launched Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, and Léo Heller, U.N. special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation and researcher with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil.
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