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WaterAid Report: 72% of Liberians without Toilet Facilities

first_imgThe British charity WaterAid has launched a global sanitation report in Liberia as part of this year’s World Toilet Day celebration held on November 19, revealing that in Liberia, over 1.6 million people – approximately one-third of the nation’s population — practice open defecation as a result of lack of access to sanitation, such as toilets. The report, “Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilets 2016,” reveals that in addition to the 1,620,000 (one million, six hundred twenty thousand) people in Liberia practicing open defecation, urban dwellers living without improved sanitation is equivalent to 72 percent, while 500 plus children died from preventable diseases.The report examines the state of urban sanitation around the world as an issue that is becoming more pressing as two-thirds of the global population is reportedly expected to live in towns and cities by 2050. This year’s program was held under theme, “Toilets and Jobs,” with focus on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact people’s livelihoods.In Liberia, the report said 32 percent of children under five are stunted as a result of diseases associated with poor sanitation.The Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, called on the national government to ensure that everyone living in urban areas, including slums, have toilet facilities.Mr. Selma wants increased budgets from governments and donors on sanitation, clean water and hygiene for the urban poor; he also stressed the need for coordination among government, partners and residents to ensure improved sanitation services are provided.He also urged corporate organizations to play a pivotal role in society by supporting initiatives aimed at raising the profile of slum dwellers when it comes to sanitation.Selma then used the occasion to admonish Liberians from all walks of life to give sanitation workers respect, better incentives and decent salariesHe said India ranks tops for having the greatest number of urbanites living without a safe, private toilet – 157 million – as well as the most urban dwellers practicing open defecation – 41 million. “Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria, is falling far behind in reaching its urban population with a toilet, while China is making some strides in reaching its urban population with sanitation,” Mr. Selma said.From statistics, Mr. Selma said, around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhea, which is caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day or one child every two minutes.“War-ravaged South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is the worst country in the world for urban sanitation in percentage terms. An estimated 84 percent of urbanites have no access to a toilet and every other urban-dweller there practices open defecation,” he said. He said the report examines the problems facing more than 700 million urban dwellers around the world living without decent sanitation. Selma added that an estimated 100 million of these have no choice but to defecate in the open, using roadsides, railway tracks and even plastic bags, dubbed “flying toilets.”“One child dies every two minutes from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. Globally 159 million children under five have their physical and cognitive developments stunted; many of such cases are caused from repeated bouts of diarrhea attributed to dirty water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene,” Selma said.The WaterAid report coincided with programs marking this year’s World Toilet Day, which also talked about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. The report named South Sudan, Madagascar, Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Liberia, DR Congo and Uganda as the 10 countries topping the list with the greatest percentage of the urban population living without safe toilets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jets put their offense in Testaverde’s hands

first_imgVinny Testaverde is nearly 42 years old. He has not thrown a pass in a regular- season game since January. On top of all that, he has had about a week to learn the Jets offense. This is the player that coach Herman Edwards has entrusted to help save the season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “There’s certain things that can happen, hopefully will happen, with getting the ball down the field, getting the ball out quick, trying not to take sacks, hoping everybody gets their confidence up,’ Testaverde said. “Our lack of success has hurt our confidence a little bit offensively. We just have to get it up a little bit.’ Testaverde, signed a week ago when Chad Pennington went out for the season with another torn rotator cuff, watched from the sideline as third-stringer Brooks Bollinger started in a 13-3 loss to Baltimore on Sunday. The Jets did little to help the unproven youngster, failing to protect him or open up holes for Curtis Martin. But Edwards pointed to one statistic that helped him make his decision: Bollinger was 4-of-16 trying to get the ball to the receivers. Detroit wide receiver Charles Rogers was suspended Wednesday for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the latest setback in his injury-plagued career. The announcement came in a two-sentence statement from the league. “I will make no excuses for what I did, and I accept full responsibility for my actions,’ Rogers said in a statement released by the Lions. “I let down a lot of people, mainly myself.’ Edwards named Testaverde his starting quarterback Wednesday, a move the desperate Jets hope can spark their floundering offense. Though Testaverde was on the verge of retirement just a few weeks ago, he is now put in the tough spot of trying to do whatever he can to get the Jets some victories. His first start comes Sunday against Tampa Bay, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 1987. When he takes the field, he will be the fourth-oldest quarterback to start a game in the Super Bowl era, behind Steve DeBerg, Warren Moon and Doug Flutie. center_img The suspension is the latest in a series of problems for the second overall choice in the 2003 draft, who missed much of his first two seasons after breaking his right collarbone twice. St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has an infection of the heart that will require treatment with antibiotics and keep him out of practice for a couple of days. The 54-year-old Martz said doctors believe he has endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart’s inner lining or the heart valve. Martz will undergo a series of blood cultures over the next week to confirm the diagnosis. Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green says it’s fine with him if there’s a quarterback controversy once Kurt Warner is healthy enough to play again. Another strong performance by Josh McCown should create just that scenario. “You know what? I don’t mind that,’ Green said after practice Wednesday. “That would mean we’re doing well and that’s just part of it.’ Peyton Manning is pleased to hear Alex Smith will start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and not because his Indianapolis Colts will be going against a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. Manning was the No. 1 pick in 1998, seven years before Smith got the same honor. The two became acquainted in the offseason, and the league MVP believes the only way for Smith to learn this complicated job is to “play, play, play, play, play.’ Starting wide receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson were both listed as doubtful for Seattle’s game Sunday at St. Louis. Engram cracked two ribs on the first play in last Sunday’s 20-17 loss to Washington. Jackson has a bone bruise in his right knee that flared up late last week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more