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TitleDirections in drainage for the 1990's : workshop on drainage, New Delhi on October 22-24 1991
Publication TypeConference Report
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsHirano, AP, Kolsky, P, Bjerre, J
Pagination14 p.: photogr.
Date Published1992-01-01
PublisherWorld Bank Regional Water and Sanitation Group South Asia
Place PublishedNew Delhi, India
Keywordsasia, case studies, drainage, policies, recommendations, urban areas

Drainage is an important factor in the epidemiology of waterborne disease, but one that is easily overlooked in many environmental sanitation and protection projects and policies. Overflowing drains and sewers and standing water are directly linked to rises in diarrhoeal disease, malaria, damage to housing and property, and environmental degradation. The rural and urban poor are usually the most affected by drainage problems. The Delhi Regional Workshop on Drainage is promoting the integration of drainage issues into health and hygiene education, solid waste management, and water supply projects in an effort to develop community awareness of the interaction of environmental factors in any programme of environmental sanitation. Some communities mentioned in the report took the initiative, collected money and contracted to have sewers installed, but it was the opinion of the initiator that the low consciousness of hygiene and the tendency to "wait for the government to pay for it" were the main factors preventing other small communities to follow suit.

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