The New York Times has just published an article which reports that malnutrition in India is not so much caused by the lack of nutrition as due to the lack of sanitation. This is indeed a damning discovery.
At the Experts Consultation Meeting held in Singapore on Thursday, a gamut of issues ailing the water and sanitation sector were put forth by experts from funding organisations, water utilities, researchers, NGOs and a slew of other organisations.
Water experts are working around the clock to prepare a forward-looking document called Asian Water and Development Outlook (AWDO) which will act as a guide for policy makers of the region. AWDO will articulate the overall directions for water and sanitation activities needed to be pursued in an integrated manner by national leaders.
It is now official. In 2007, for the first time in history, half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Urban Asian population is not far behind and is expected to become at par with rural numbers by 2020.
Perhaps, one aspect which has not been much discussed about urban existence is the all-pervading ignorance about the mechanisms and processes that connect suppliers and consumers. An interesting film I saw on the net at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUlkOLLa31s revealed that most urban dwellers are completely ignorant about where they get their tap water from and what happens to the stuff they flush down their toilets. Continue reading