3rd Africa Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation stresses need to control diarrhoea
Over 800 delegates and 35 ministers from African countries are in Rwanda for a three-day conference that aims at improving sanitation and hygiene to prevent illnesses like diarrhoea.
Officials highlighted that 230 million people in Africa still practice open defecation and poor hygiene, major ways through which diseases like diarrhoea arise.
In her opening remarks, the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board on Water and sanitation to the UN Secretary General, Unschi Eid noted that more than one million children die each year as a result of diarrhoea adding that UNICEF statistics also show that the disease kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
“Every life has equal worth and no child should die needlessly as a result of preventable diseases,” she said.
Rwanda was recognized as one of the four countries on track to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal 7 on sanitation.
At the same conference, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was given the AMCOW award for his outstanding leadership that has ensured good sanitation and hygiene for the Rwandan people.
The high level conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Rwanda, Bernard Makuza.
The Africa Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation (AfriSan3) aims at increasing the knowledge-base on sanitation and hygiene in Africa as well as draw ways of strategizing to overcome prevailing obstacles in a bid to implement large-scale sanitation and hygiene programmes that will benefit all Africans.
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