Poor sanitation 'ruining Kenyan water'

28 September 2010

A lack of water and poor sanitation is stifling the quality of life being experienced by Kenyans, it has been claimed.

According to an article in Irin News, residents of the Korogocho slums in Nairobi are being greatly affected by the situation.

Nancy Wangari, a community health worker and village elder in Korogocho, told the news provider: "The lack of water and improper waste disposal are a big threat to our lives due to the risk of water-borne diseases."

The area may be able to improve conditions if sanitation projects were implemented, but as it stand Ms Wangari observed the threat of typhoid, cholera and other diseases is very much an issue.

A recent Humanitarian Futures Group report discovered the problem with water is now having an impact on social, political and epidemiological systems.

Professor Eugene Cloete, dean of science at the University of Stellenbosch, recently told Business Day he has developed a simple filter for bottles that will help Africans get access to healthy drinking water.

Category: Water

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