Access to clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities are vital for a long and healthy life.
358 million African lack access to clean water and more than 840.000 people die each year from water related diseases.
In Africa, 38 percent of the population use an improved sanitation facility (defined as one that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact).
Less than a third of the African rural population, and just over half of the urban population, use improved sanitation.
In 16 of the 54 African countries less than 25 percent of the population uses an improved sanitation facility. Obviously, this means that Africa as a continent is not on track for meeting the MDG sanitation target.
In Uganda, 9 million people lack access to safe water, and more than 23 million people lack access to adequate sanitation. More than 12.000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unclean water and miserable sanitary circumstances.
The numbers are clear. That is why access2innovation has launched a series of initiatives within the area and continues to investigate further business opportunities for Danish companies with know-how and technologies related to water treatment, clean drinking water, irrigation, farming, hygiene issues etc.