More Action, Financing Needed To Improve WASH, Prevent Child Deaths In Sub-Saharan Africa, UNICEF Says
U.N. News Centre: UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa
“Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year — roughly 500 a day — in sub-Saharan Africa due to diarrheal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned [Tuesday] ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector…” (12/15).
Xinhua/GlobalPost: Roundup: 500 children die each day from lack of safe water in sub-Saharan Africa: UNICEF
“…UNICEF said that without speedy action, the situation can drastically worsen within the next 20 years, as rapidly rising populations outstrip the efforts of governments to provide essential services. The first West and Central Africa Innovative Financing for Water Sanitation & Hygiene conference is being convened by UNICEF in cooperation with the government of Senegal and the African Ministers’ Council on Water…” (12/15).