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EFFORTS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH GREATER ACCESS TO SANITATION IN NAIROBI’S INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

fsrn.org, 12 August 2014

 

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has dominated health-related news coverage in recent days. It’s the largest Ebola outbreak ever and the first in West Africa. The disease has killed a combined total of more than 960 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria during the current outbreak. The World Health Organization convened an ethic panel today (Monday) to examine the use of experimental medicines on persons found to be infected with the virus. WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, will deliver a briefing to United Nations members in Geneva tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, a much larger killer in Africa continues to take lives but with far less media attention. Disease resulting from inadequate access to safe sanitation is a leading cause of death throughout the continent. It’s an epidemic that’s preventable with proper infrastructure, something many informal settlements lack. Tanya Castle reports on efforts to prevent sanitation-related illnesses in two of Nairobi’s largest shantytowns. Read more....