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Reducing gastrointestinal disorders with safer water and adequate sanitation

Reducing gastrointestinal disorders with safer water and adequate sanitation

CEHAPE: "We aim to prevent and significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality arising from gastrointestinal disorders and other health effects, by ensuring that adequate measures are taken to improve access to safe and affordable water and adequate sanitation for all children." Regional Priority Goal I
Concerning the issue of a safe water for all children, the NGO Brussels statement identified the need for:

Ratification and implementation of previous commitments, in particular the Water Protocol.

A change of thinking on technology for safe water and sanitation. Water privatisation should not be promoted as the only means of reaching the goal of safe and affordable water for all. “Eco-sanitation” promoted by Women in Europe for a Common Future costs much less than bringing in foreign private companies to install water and sewage pipes. Communities organise their own safe and sustainable use of water use and to build “dry separation” toilets to reduce groundwater contamination from fecal waste. The approach also requires community advocacy for a shift away from pesticide and fertiliser use.

Support instruments that enforce corporate responsibility. In Ukraine, women in MAMA 8 are using the Aarhus Convention to help communities challenge authorities in relation to water rights.

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