This is the 21st century and one would imagine that human beings have made so many strides in technology and other scientific breakthrough that our counterpart living in the 15, 16, 17 and 19 centuries would be amazed and we cannot resolve a basic thing like sanitation.

According to the United Nations of the world’s seven billion people only 4.5 billion have access to toilets and latrines, yet six billion have mobile phones, unbelievable.

The situation is so dire that according to media report the UN Deputy Secretary General  Jan Eliasson called their plight “a silent disaster” that reflects the extreme poverty and huge inequalities in the world today.

This is a society that sends men to the moon, responsible for exceptional medical achievements and we cannot find the resources to ensure that 2.5 million people have access to proper sanitation facilities.

It has been stated by the United Nation that 1.1 billion people still undertake open defecation of which this is one of the major cause of diarrhoea, which results in the death of more than 750,000 children under the age of 5 every year, this is a disgraceful indictment on the human race and further demonstrate our inhumanity towards each other.

In the media is was suggested that according to a UN official, the countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Niger, Sudan and South Sudan.

Although some of the countries mention above is quite capable of addressing their sanitation problems there are still some of the poorest countries among the list that require the rest of the world to do something positive about this problem.

By Sandrea: My Opinion with extract from the media

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