May 3

World’s Poorest Countries Need $6 Billion a Year for Water, Sanitation in Healthcare Centres: WaterAid

By Madhumita Paul

Around $600 million (Rs 4,500 crore) a year is required to provide water and sanitation in the healthcare centres in some of the poorest countries by 2030, according to a new report.

The analysis by WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation, is based on a latest research paper published in the journal Lancet, which focused on the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene access in health facilities in the 46 least-developed countries (LDC).

Around $6.5-9.6 billion will be needed from 2021 to 2030 to achieve water and sanitation provision in every public health facility in the world’s poorest countries, the Lancet report had found.

WaterAid has called on donor governments to invest $600 million a year to save millions of lives. The organisation’s analysis assesses how much of these costs can realistically be met from domestic resources of LDCs.

Photo courtesy of Manuel Darío Fuentes Hernández.

Source: DownToEarth (link opens in a new window)

Health Care, WASH
hygiene, sanitation, water