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21 Apr 2014 ABUJA
The annual loss of 440, 000 infants who die due to diarrheal and respiratory infections in Nigeria have been attributed to the poor culture of sanitation by Nigerians. This was revealed in an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend by Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORCN), Mr...
21 Apr 2014 HARARE
Government has established a committee to work towards improvement of water supply and disposal of waste water in urban areas to reduce disease outbreaks, President Mugabe has said. Addressing thousands of people at the main Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Friday, President Mugabe said Government was working with its development partners on this because water and sanitation were critical sectors...
21 Apr 2014 CHAPOTEAU
For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But on that score, it is still very far behind. In some ways, Haiti is even less equipped to tackle cholera than it was three years ago...
22 Apr 2014 NAIROBI, Kenya
Kenya could generate $45 billion USD in revenue in the next 16 years if the government accelerates efforts to transition to a green economy, according to a new study launched in Nairobi last week.The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya was jointly produced by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Kenya’s Ministry of Environment...
22 Apr 2014 ASUNCION, Paraguay
Paraguay’s water and sanitation sectors require $1.7 billion USD in investment in order to meet the goals of rehabilitating Lake Ypacaraí, decreasing river contamination in the capital, Asuncion, and increasing water coverage rates to 75 percent and sanitation coverage to 50 percent, according to Finance Minister German Rojas...
22 Apr 2014 BAKU
The government and the World Bank (WB) have not yet completed the negotiations on additional funding for the Azerbaijan Water Users Associations Development Support Project (WUAP). According to the WB Baku office, the negotiations on the additional funding project started last week and have not been completed yet...
22 Apr 2014 HAVANA
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will grant close to $50 million in loans for water rehabilitation projects in Cuba over the next two years, official daily Granmareported. The announcement came after a meeting in Havana by OFID General Director Suleiman J. Al-Herbish with First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel...
22 Apr 2014 LUSAKA
25 percent of all water investments -- or about 50 billion dollar -- is lost to corruption every year. The Summit “Accelerating towards a Water Secure World” will be held in Lusaka, Zambia on 29-30 April with the aim to encourage and stimulate dialogue on how corruption can be addressed in the water sector at a regional and national level...
22 Apr 2014 WASHINGTON, DC
The Inter-American Development (IDB) announced approval of a $20 million loan to Panama to finance a rural electrification program that will promote public and private investment to provide service for more than 10,000 rural households, located mostly in very poor remote areas. The project includes a system of subsidies for new investments that will motivate private enterprises to invest in rural electrification, through either grid extension or renewable energy projects in isolated areas...
22 Apr 2014 TAIPEI
Over 30 percent of the bottled water sold in Taipei is nothing more than tap water, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by city environmental protection authorities and released Monday. Twelve of 34 items tested by the Taipei city government's Department of Environmental Protection were tap water purified by manufacturers prior to sale, the survey shows...
22 Apr 2014 KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan
At least 52 soldiers contracted dysentery after drinking tap water at a military garrison in the Kazakh city of Kyzylorda earlier this month.Authorities in Kyzylorda province officially confirmed last week that the outbreak at the facility had been caused by poor quality drinking water.The first reports of illness came on April 13, when 36 soldiers were hospitalized...
23 Apr 2014 MANAGUA, Nicaragua
Volcanologists and seismologists from Cuba, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela have been analyzing water samples from wells near Nicaragua's Apoyeque Volcano after an increase in seismic activity was detected there, Nicaraguan authorities said last week. The volcano is located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua...