Africa’s river-run to 2030: Making universal access to water and  sanitation a reality WaterAid is calling for an ambitious roadmap to reach everyone everywhere...

Africa’s river-run to 2030: Making universal access to water and  sanitation a reality

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WaterAid is calling for an ambitious roadmap to reach everyone everywhere in Africa with safewater, improved sanitation and hygiene by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals,
ahead of the 6th Africa Water Week.
This plan must address the underlying causes of inequality in access, ensure sustainability of
services for the security and welfare of the poorest and most marginalised, and undertake an
integrated approach in making water, sanitation and hygiene the drivers of economic growth and
development. A failure to meet Goal 6 means failure of all 17 Global Goals.
The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) under the auspices of the African Union
convenes the 6th Africa Water Week (AWW-6) this week July 18th – 22nd 2016, hosted by the
Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in the capital Dar es Salaam. The theme of the
conference is “Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation”.
WaterAid welcomes the draft roadmap to be discussed which will serve as the framework for
implementation of Africa’s water security and sanitation agenda by 2030.
While there was progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, the targets for
water and sanitation were not met. Statistics show that 695 million people out of the 1.2 billion
total population of Africa are surviving without basic sanitation and 395 million people are without
clean water. With Africa’s population projected to be 2.2 billion by 2030, only 32% of Sub-Saharan
Africans will have access to sanitation by 2030.
According to monitoring by UNICEF and the WHO, schoolchildren and communities in Africa
continue to suffer disease outbreaks such as cholera due to poor sanitation and open defecation.
Some 6 out of 10 schools lack basic water and sanitation and 42% of health facilities in Sub-
Saharan Africa operate without an improved water source; some 319 million people in Sub-
Saharan Africa are without clean water and 695 million are without good sanitation.

Dr Ibrahim Kabole, Country Director for WaterAid Tanzania, said:
“In Tanzania alone, about 23 million people are barely surviving without access to adequate
and clean water. It is disheartening that our women and girls waste productive time and put
their lives at risk of injury and violence walking long distances to find clean water for their
families.”

WaterAid’s 2016 report on the State of the World’s Water (www.wateraid.org/stateofwater) reveals
that a person in Sub-Saharan Africa reliant on a tanker truck for their water supply may spend up
to 45% of their daily income to get just the recommended daily minimum supply of water,
compared to 0.1% of the income of a person earning minimum wage in a developed country.
It is time to change the rhetoric.
WaterAid is calling upon Governments of Africa to consider specific key elements of equality,
sustainability and integration in the roadmap for Africa towards 2030, if they are to achieve Goal 6
on universal access to water and sanitation.
African Governments must work to bring to reality the targets of SDG6 for their citizens leaving no
one behind, cognisant of the fact that as member states of the UN they will be held accountable
under the auspices of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
WaterAid believes that the outcomes of the AWW6 will be the launchpad for achieving the Africa’s
Vision 2063, of optimising the use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans.
The AWW6 is Africa’s opportunity to take-off on the run to 2030 towards a world where Africa’s
people will be lifted out of poverty and will enjoy healthy and wealthy lives for generations to come.

 

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