Stakeholders discuss UN global analyses, sanitation and drinking water

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stakeholders have concluded a three-day discussion on the UN Global Analyses and Assessment of sanitation and drinking water on data collection held at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in Bakau. The gathering was funded by World Health Organisation.

Bamba Banja, Permanent Secretary of fisheries and water resources ministry said safe drinking water and sanitation are crucial to human welfare, noting that it supports health and livelihood and the creation of healthy environment.

He said the consumption of unsafe water impairs human health through illnesses such as diarrhea, saying untreated sewage can contaminate drinking-water and the environment by creating heavy burden on communities.

Mr. Banja said in recent years, much progress was made in increasing access to drinking-water and sanitation but still too many people lack access to safe, sustainable water supply and sanitation services.

In 2015, the WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) estimated that 660 million people still do not have access to improved drinking-water sources and over 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.

Foday Conta, deputy director of department of water resources said, the GLAAS survey 2018/19 is planned to better reflect the SDG agenda and monitor how countries are considering the SDGs in their national target policies, and plans to provide information for refining the monitoring of the means of implementation indicators and ultimately to offer a move comprehensive overview of the enabling environments at national level.

He said is gratifying that the GLAAS 2018/2019 survey will fundamentally complement sectoral review processes and assist in analysing state of the enabling environment including financial and human resource inputs directed to sanitation and drinking-water hygiene identifying barriers and enablers.

Alpha Jallow, WHO country director said safe drinking-water and sanitation are crucial to human welfare as they support health, livelihood and create healthy environment.

Author: Njie Baldeh