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NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development


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Environmental Sanitation

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Improved Environmental Sanitation
Safe drinking water and adequate environmental sanitation are preconditions for health and for success in the fight against poverty, hunger, child deaths and gender inequality. They are also central to the human rights and personal dignity of every human being. Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 1.8 million people die each year from diarrhoeal diseases, 200 million people are infected with schistosomiasis and more than 1 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted helminth infections. The adverse impacts of poor environmental sanitation can extend well beyond the direct impacts on health. Health risks and epidemics from waterborne diseases can greatly reduce tourism and agricultural exports, with economic costs much greater than the cost of investments in water supply and sanitation to address the problems.
The International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade (IWSD), with all its achievements, made limited impact on improving water supply and sanitation services for the urban poor. A key lesson from the Decade is the need to respond to consumer demand to achieve sustainable and effective change.

NCCR North-South research on environmental sanitation follows three basic objectives:

1. Identify determinants for improving environmental sanitation services in urban and peri-urban areas, taking into account the dynamics of social systems.
2. Assess the potential to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of urban and mobile poor populations through improved environmental sanitation services.
3. Testing of alternative methods for improved environmental sanitation planning.


RESEARCH PROJECTS

Research 2001-2009

Regional Focus

NCCR NORTH-SOUTH
in the world:

The NCCR North-South is hosted by the University of Bern
and funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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