USAID targets 1.6m Kenyans in $100mln water security investmentAccess to clean and safe water in adequate quantities is enshrined in Kenya’s c...USAID targets 1.6m Kenyans in $100mln water security investment
Access to clean and safe water in adequate quantities is enshrined in Kenya’s constitution
Amid the effects of climate change, many countries in Africa continue to experience water shortage, resulting in conflicts and compromising health, especially in children, the elderly and those whose immunity is already compromised.
The current drought affecting the Horn of Africa has further worsened an already bad situation in a region where many do not have access to safe and adequate clean water.
In Kenya, Ksh27 billion is lost annually because of water and sanitation related issues, according to a 2013 World Bank report.
A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2012 revealed that for every US$1 investment in sanitation, there was a return of US$5 in lowering the cost of healthcare, improved productivity and fewer premature deaths.
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At the same time, proper WASH is key in promoting dignity and boosting security, especially for women and girls.
These were some of the sentiments raised by Kenya’s Ministry of health during a WASH event held in Nairobi.