Wednesday, December 22, 2010

India: Make Toilets and Earn $53.8 billion!

The title of this entry may sound to be very funny but for millions of people in India, it is not a funny situation at all. The irony is that while the number of mobile phone connection is increasing rapidly, the number of toilets with proper sanitation is not increasing significantly. World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program made the report and you can download it.
It shows that the condition of poor people is not improving and the benefit of economic growth is mainly getting limited to the well-off people. Poor people are becoming more marginalized.
The solution to this problem is not that easy but not that difficult either. The government, NGOs, private companies- all should join hands and make public toilets in every part of the country.
The media should also promote the matter of sanitation and encourage people to make proper toilets.
The sad part is that many children are dying because of this lack of proper toilets.
AFP reported:
India's mobile subscribers totalled around 700 million at the last count, enough to serve more than half of the country's 1.2 billion population. But just 366 million people -- around a third of the population -- had access to proper sanitation, said the study.
The World Bank report said early deaths and other health-related impacts of inadequate sanitation such as cost of treatment for illnesses such as diarrhoea, malaria and intestinal worms, cost India 38.5 billion dollars.

It is a sad picture indeed. 

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