Aquavolve’s VP of International Relations, Chris Mancini, sent CEO, Dan Konstanty, an article that appeared in the Citizen Reporter today. Author Edward Qorro makes the premise that there’s a lack of global support for water solutions for the people of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in general, and across Africa. Dan reached out to Edward this morning asking him to help Aquavolve help the people of Tanzania by highlighting our solution. I also indicated that several contact attempts have been made to the water authority, DAWASA, in Dar Es Salaam without any return contact. Aquavolve will now pursue the strategy of contacting reporters who highlight the water shortage and ask for help with exposure to our solution. The technology is ready today. Aquavolve can help.
|Clean water for Africa a pipe dream without major global support|
|Saturday, 23 March 2013 19:51|
By Edward Qorro
Dar es Salaam. As the world marked Water Day yesterday, Water Aid has called on international leaders to support an ambitious target of providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all Africans by 2030.
The call comes as over 50,000 people took part in more than 30 mass walking events across Africa to call on their governments to keep their promises on access to clean water and safe sanitation.
The marches would have joined more than 350,000 people worldwide who are participating in World Walks for Water and Sanitation as the Water week ends today.
In Tanzania, the water week is being marked in Lindi region where President Jakaya Kikwete was expected to receive participants in the march.
Before travelling to Lindi, the President was on a week-long tour of Dar es Salaam, and among the places he visited were Kimara-Mbezi, a suburb whose residents face critical water shortage.
“Nothing could better demonstrate that our continent has truly begun to realise its potential and is coming true on its promise of progress and development, than achieving the fundamental goal of every African having safe drinking water,” says Mr Nelson Gomonda, WaterAid’s Pan-Africa Programme Manager.
According to the Water Aid official, 330 million Africans still survived without access to clean water, noting that the journey ahead was still a long one, though there was still some little hope.
“With more than 1,000 African children under the age of five dying every day from diseases brought about from a lack of water and sanitation, Africans will not accept failure. We have to reach this target,” he observed.
More than 50,000 Africans have taken part in walks to show that such services were a priority to everyone.
“Africans understand how a lack of water and sanitation affects their health, economic productivity, their children’s education, and women’s rights – across every spectrum of development, water and sanitation plays its part. This is why progress on these basic services will have such important consequences for our continent and people,” added Gomonda.
Water Aid also launched a 40-page report dubbed Everyone, Everywhere A vision for water, sanitation and hygiene post-2015, where Liberian President Ms Johnson Sirleaf stresses that the issue of water crisis ought not to be overlooked.
“Addressing the global water and sanitation crisis is not about charity, but opportunity,” noted the Liberian president.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every $1(Sh 1600) invested in water and sanitation produces an average of $4(Sh 6400) in increased productivity. It enables sustainable and equitable economic growth.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 19:52|