Schools pose great health risk due to lack of water

Pupils from Gathukimundu Primary School in Nyeri wash their hands during lunch break. Schools without running water have been singled out as a great health risk to children. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Every year, 361,000 children under five die due to diarrhoea. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases including cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.
  • Of the 4.5 billion people who do not have safely managed sanitation, 2.3 billion still do not have basic sanitation services. This includes 600 million people who share a toilet or latrine with other households, and 892 million people – mostly in rural areas – who defecate in the open.
  • In 90 countries, Kenya included, the progress towards basic sanitation is too slow, meaning they will not reach universal coverage by 2030.

Hospitals and schools without running water and soap for washing hands have been singled out as a great risk to children.


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