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Life and dignity at risk – the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Liberia

The dire state of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in Liberia constitutes a public health crisis that is killing Liberians and robbing many more of their dignity: three out of four people have no access to safe water, six out of seven are without access to safe sanitation facilities, and altogether unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene practices cause 18 per cent of all deaths in Liberia. This new paper from the Liberia WASH Consortium argues that these deaths can be prevented, but that Liberia’s government and donors need to rise to some serious challenges. These include speeding up coordination of policies and institutions; increasing the woefully inadequate government and donor financing in order to fill the $94 million financing gap; and dramatically improving aid coordination in the WASH sector. The challenges are serious, but can and must be met in order to halt the scandal of preventable disease and deaths – the denial of life and dignity – that confront millions of people in Liberia through lack of safe water and sanitation.

TitleLife and dignity at risk – the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Liberia
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSitali, M.
Paginationi, 28 p. : 2 fig., 6 tab.
Date Published2010-06-01
PublisherLiberia WASH Consortium
Place PublishedMonrovia, Liberia
Keywordsfinancing, institutional framework, liberia, policies, sanitation, sdiafr, sdipol, statistics, water supply
Abstract

The dire state of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in Liberia constitutes a public health crisis that is killing Liberians and robbing many more of their dignity: three out of four people have no access to safe water, six out of seven are without access to safe sanitation facilities, and altogether unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene practices cause 18 per cent of all deaths in Liberia. This new paper from the Liberia WASH Consortium argues that these deaths can be prevented, but that Liberia’s government and donors need to rise to some serious challenges. These include speeding up coordination of policies and institutions; increasing the woefully inadequate government and donor financing in order to fill the $94 million financing gap; and dramatically improving aid coordination in the WASH sector. The challenges are serious, but can and must be met in order to halt the scandal of preventable disease and deaths – the denial of life and dignity – that confront millions of people in Liberia through lack of safe water and sanitation.

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