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Fresh call to improve water, sanitation, hygiene in hospitals


WaterAid on Friday in Abuja launched a new campaign for health professionals, calling on them to take action to call for improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene in hospitals around the world. Some 38% of clinics in low- and middle-income countries around the world do not have regular access to water; even more do not have basic, private toilets and a way ...

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Ethiopia commits to strengthening AMCOW

Motuma Mekassa

The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has assured the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) of its continued support towards strengthening the organisation in its quest to superintend the effective and efficient management of the continent’s water resources. Ethiopian Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Motuma Mekassa, disclosed this in his office on Tuesday in Addis Ababa ...

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Benue community benefits from Guinness water facility

Dr. Samuel Ortom

In furtherance of its continued commitment to interventions that transform lives and improves the health and well-being of communities in Nigeria under its Diageo Water of Life Scheme, Guinness Nigeria Plc has constructed a self-sustaining motorised solar-powered water facility in Tyowanye Community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. The Tyowanye water scheme is one of three major water ...

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Initiative addressess pressure on Uganda’s water resources


The governments of Uganda and Germany have successfully concluded negotiations aimed at agreeing on the development cooperation programme for the next two years. Both sides agreed on new programmes in the focus areas Energy, Water and Rural Development. These sectors are amongst the priority areas for Uganda. Further initiatives to strengthen governance and civil society were concluded. All bilateral programmes ...

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AfDB lauds AMCOW’s water monitoring, reporting system

Mohammed El Azizi

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has lauded the initiative by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to deploy web-based system to track and report on the implementation of global and regional commitments on water and sanitation in Africa. Mohammed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation department of the AfDB who also doubles as director of the African ...

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My vision for AMCOW, by new head, Kanangire

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

Following his nomination and subsequent approval as AMCOW Executive Secretary by African Water Ministers during the last 10th General Assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Canisius Kanangire has affirmed his readiness to stimulate the dawn of a new era for the African water and sanitation sector. Declaring his agenda on Thursday in Abidjan, ...

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Water monitoring: AMCOW advocates harmonised reporting

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

In recognition of the critical role of monitoring and reporting in evidence-based decision-making in the water and sanitation sector at national, basin and regional levels, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has called on African member-states to adopt and strengthen the web-based Pan-Africa water sector monitoring and reporting system recently launched in Stockholm, Sweden during the World Water Week. Dr. ...

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Lagos water courts tagged ‘illegal’, ‘unacceptable’


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described Lagos State Government’s establishment of special courts to prosecute illegal water service providers as a cover for promoting water privatisation. The ERA/FoEN position is coming on the heels of media reports which indicated that Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the state Commissioner for Environment, announced the introduction of the courts at ...

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Africa, Asia, Latin America face health risk from water pollution

water scarcity

Water pollution has risen across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned last week. The worrying rise in the pollution of surface waters in Asia, Africa and Latin America also threatens to damage vital sources of food and harm the continents’ economies, ...

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Water central in actualising 2030 SDG Agenda, water week concludes, closes

Karin Lexen

World Water Week closed on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, with participants concluding that water must be recognised as the enabler of successful implementation of the entire 2030 Agenda as well as the Paris Climate Agreement. “Water – the lifeline of our planet – will be needed to achieve nearly every Sustainable Development Goal, and to face the challenges that climate ...

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