Theme: Water and sanitation
The consumption of water and the generation of human waste are such commonplace aspects of human life that planning for the appropriate use or removal of them is often overlooked. The evidence is abundant that failure to ensure an adequate supply of safe water or to arrange for safe disposal of excreta is a major contributing factor to disease transmission, ill health, misery and death.
There are 7 billion people on the planet today and by 2050, we will have welcomed another 2 billion. Currently an estimated 2.5 billion do not have access to basic sanitation, and 1.1 billion of those people still practice open defecation.
In the past 72 hours, parts of Sri Lanka have been reeling from the impact of severe weather caused by the intensifying southwest monsoon.
A community in the eastern Akim district of Ghana has access to safe water again, after the Ghana Red Cross Society rehabilitated its failing water systems.
Tropical Cyclone Donna swept across the top of Vanuatu last week as a Category-4 storm, increasing to Category-5 as it tracked south between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
By Pascal Ladu, South Sudan Red Cross Nyanut Akol lives in Wun-Ajok, around 12 kilometres from Kuajok town in north-western South Sudan. The 28-year-old used to walk for an hour every day to fetch unclean and potentially dangerous water directly from t …
Gaya, a village in northern Senegal, is located near the 1800km long Senegal river. Yet, despite this proximity, many families have no access to safe water.
In the Ewaso Ngiro river basin, central Kenya, families have begun digging in the dry riverbed for water. If the arid weather continues, many fear they’ll have to begin destocking their cattle.
As of this week, a new Red Cross water treatment facility in Arua District started pumping over 400,000 litres of water a day from the Nile River into storage tanks, where it is filtered, treated and tested for quality, before being trucked to nearby Rhino Camp, currently home to 86,000 refugees.
Promotion of good hygiene with children living in informal settlements and refugee camps is an area where the Lebanese Red Cross disaster management unit has been particularly active