SHARE WATER 11

This eleventh issue of the African Water Association’s bi-annual bilingual technical journal “SHARE WATER” explores innovative solutions and best practices for building resilient and sustainable African cities. The various articles, including a brilliant case study on faecal sludge recovery practices for a circular economy in Senegal, focus on the steps to be taken to achieve inclusive sanitation at the scale of cities in Africa. In addition, alternative solutions to water stress are proposed for a better management of water resources: The Windhoek wastewater reuse model, inter-communality underpinned by the ATPC (Assainissement Total Piloté par la Communauté) approach which leads to the establishment of a technical water and sanitation department in a Niger commune, molecular bi-oiling for high quality PVC pipes that comply with international standards, the production of drinking water from ambient air or solar water treatment in four West African countries.

 

2020 ANNUAL REVIEW OF DECENTRALISED AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION – BURKINA-FASO

Each year, the pS-Eau team refers to the projects carried out by French decentralised and non-governmental cooperation in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector. This important document gives the 2020 annual assessment of Burkina-Faso of the projects that received funding from French local authorities and water agencies during the year 2020. Since 2006, approximately 480 cooperation projects have been identified in Burkina-Faso, representing a total of more than 56 million euros.

HAND AND HYGIENE FOR ALL AGAINST COVID-19

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Title: HAND AND HYGIENE FOR ALL AGAINST COVID-19

Three billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – do not have a place in their homes to wash their hands with water and soap. Three quarters of those who lack access to water and soap live in the world’s poorest countries and are amongst the most vulnerable: children and families living in informal settlements, migrant and refugee camps, or in areas of active conflict. This puts an estimated 1 billion people at immediate risk of COVID-19 simply because they lack basic handwashing facilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene. It not only protects us from contracting the disease, but also stops transmission to other people.

This paper written by World Health Organization and UNICEF is a call to action for all of society to achieve universal access to Hand Hygiene.