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Bridging the sanitation gap in Asia Pacific

ifrc.org, 26 August 2014

 

In summer, Bolormaa, 5, and Ariunaa, 2, often have diarrhoea. It worries the little girls’ father, Batbayar Gezegt, a hardworking man and former herder who, like hundreds of thousands of other pastoralists, has been forced from the Mongolian countryside by extreme weather cycles.

 

Since he lost all his animals to dzud – an extended natural disaster that begins with summer drought and a shortage of pasture and culminates in the severest of winters – he has lived with his wife and four children in an Ulaanbaatar shantytown. It is one of many deprived areas around the Mongolian capital which is now home to almost half the country’s total population.

 

The unremitting flow of rural people has overwhelmed the urban infrastructure and poor access to clean water and decent sanitation has been reflected in a worrying increase of contagious disease over the past two decades. Batbayar’s plight is a common one. His home, a ger – the traditional tent dwelling displaced herders have spread across the city’s outlying hillsides – is in a compound without a latrine. Read more....