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Improving Access to Water Can Help Reduce Gender-Based Violence

Improving Access to Water Can Help Reduce Gender-Based Violence

Water is such a precious commodity in life and addressing the constraints women and young girls face in accessing and managing it, is important in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV). And recent media tour organised by UN Women to Hopley and Epworth, major sprawling settlements to the south and east of Harare showed the […]

‘Water Is Peace, Life, Dignity’: Why The UN Deputy Chief Has A Thirst for Saving Lives

‘Water Is Peace, Life, Dignity’: Why The UN Deputy Chief Has A Thirst for Saving Lives

He is the UN deputy secretary general and was the Swedish foreign minister. He has brokered any number of deals between warring parties and negotiated the world’s development targets. But whatever he does, diplomat Jan Eliasson is happiest to be known as the “water man” – the individual who, for nearly 25 years, has ceaselessly […]

How Do We Get More People To Purify Water Using The Sun’s Rays?

How Do We Get More People To Purify Water Using The Sun’s Rays?

Local mistrust is slowing take-up of simple innovations that use sunlight to disinfect water, a UK conference has heard. Researchers working on low-cost, low-tech water purification systems for developing countries are struggling to convince local people that their solutions work, the EuroScience Open Forum heard last week. This is because most communities prefer to use […]

Dirty Water Muddies Future For Madagascar’s Children

Dirty Water Muddies Future For Madagascar’s Children

“Do you think giving my daughter this to drink makes me happy?” asks Perline as she holds out a cup of putrid brown water for Felasoa*, eight, one of her four children. “I know this water makes us all sick. But if a human being doesn’t drink, we die. So we have no choice.” The […]

‘Extreme Measure Are Needed’: Namibia’s Battle With Drought Comes To Its Cities

‘Extreme Measure Are Needed’: Namibia’s Battle With Drought Comes To Its Cities

Two weeks ago, the President of Namibia officially declared the country to be in a state of emergency. The country is facing its most severe drought in more than 25 years. In rural areas, crops are failing and livestock is dying. Just as destructive is the impact the drought is having on people in towns […]