Sub-Saharan Africa is among the world’s regions with the lowest level of sanitation coverage. According to the UN, 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and contaminated water, with open defecation being the primary cause of fecal oral transmission of disease. African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene thus adopted the Ngor Declaration in 2015 to achieve universal access to adequate and sustainable sanitation and hygiene services. The technical session ‘Wastewater-related diseases, risks and intervention measures in African Cities and the Global Water Pathogen Project’ will provide an overview of the road ahead for reaching the Sustainable Development Goal 6 through the operationalization of the Ngor Declaration, putting emphasis on the experience of African Member States and of the Global Water Pathogen Project as a tool for countries to reach these goals.
This session will take place on Wednesday 20 July 2016, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as part of the 6th Africa Water Week, and within the sub-theme ‘Strengthening Productive Wastewater Management and Improved Water Quality’.