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War on cholera can't be won without water and sanitation, WaterAid warns



OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - 'The War to end Cholera', a new report published today by WaterAid, reveals that the countries with the highest cholera burden are the same nations with the greatest number of people living without clean water and decent sanitation. WaterAid is warning that global efforts to end cholera will fail unless the world's poorest are given the tools they need to fight the disease ? clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene.  

A woman collects water in the village of Narai Ka Pura in Madhya Pradesh India. (CNW Group/WaterAid Canada)

India tops the list of countries with the highest estimated number of cholera cases globally (675,000). It also has the greatest number of people living without access to clean water (163 million) and a decent household toilet (732 million), the WaterAid report shows.

Ethiopia and Nigeria follow in second and third place respectively. Both nations also have the second and third highest number of people globally living without access to clean water, and they rank among the top for having the most people without basic sanitation.

Nicole Hurtubise, WaterAid Canada's Chief Executive officer, said:

"The fact that this preventable disease still affects 2.9 million people every year and kills 95,000 people is inconceivable. Cholera can be eliminated with simple things we already know work. By providing people with clean water and decent sanitation, we can win the war against cholera and leave this deadline disease behind forever."

On October 4th, the WHO"s Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC)* will launch 'Ending Cholera ? A Global Roadmap to 2030' with a goal to reduce cholera deaths by 90 per cent and eliminate the transmission of the in up to 20 countries by 2030. The GTFCC brings together government and non-governmental organizations, including WaterAid, UN agencies such as the World Health Organization, and scientific institutions. At the end of the one-day meeting being held in Annecy, France, nations and participating partners are expected to sign a declaration committing to the roadmap.

Key Facts

 

The global burden of cholera

Country

Estimated

 cholera

cases**

Rank ****

People without

 basic sanitation***

Rank ****

People without

 basic access to

 water***

Rank ****

India

675,188

1

732,207,000

1

163,105,959

1

Ethiopia

275,221

2

92,354,960

4

60,504,853

2

Nigeria

220,397

3

122,802,379

3

59,498,110

3

Haiti

210,589

4

7,439,501

35

3,837,313

36

DRC

189,061

5

62,034,676

7

44,939,929

5

Tanzania

161,904

6

40,886,656

8

26,657,528

7

Kenya

111,273

7

32,306,737

9

19,130,780

9

Bangladesh

109,052

8

85,449,092

5

4,303,184

32

Uganda

89,726

9

31,557,309

10

23,840,407

8

Mozambique

78,613

10

21,386,074

15

14,755,876

12

 

Notes to Editors:

*URL goes live on Tuesday October 4 at 17:00 GMT 
**http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003832
***
https://washdata.org
**** WaterAid analysis

About WaterAid

WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraidcanada.com.

 

SOURCE WaterAid Canada


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