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Article Flood-hit people face drinking water crisis in Bangladesh

The need for drinking water and food is growing in the country's north and northeast where flood has forced thousands to move to embankments and roads.


Heavy rain over the last few days has caused the Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, and the Dudhkumar to flow above their danger levels at several places.
With partial collapse of embankments, water rushed into low-lying areas and vast chars and devoured houses, schools and other structures. A huge area of cropland has gone under water in the flood-hit regions.
Many more areas of Rangpur, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions are now under threat as the flood situation worsens.

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Article Development Partners Move Hand in Hand to Improve Sanitation Market System in Bangladesh

To improve access to affordable and hygienic sanitation solutions for poor and disadvantaged communities, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has signed an agreement with UNICEF Bangladesh committing US$ 6.35 million (approximately 49.42 crore).
The agreement of the four-year project, Improving Sanitation Market Systems in Bangladesh (SanMarkS)’ was signed during a ceremony held in Dhaka by Mr. Siroco Messerli, Director of Cooperation a.i. of SDC with UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Mr. Edouard Beigbeder. The programme will be implemented in partnership with IDE - International Development Enterprises.



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Article Char women achieve success in health, hygiene, sanitation

Thousands of the distressed women living in remote char areas on the Brahmaputra basin have achieved laudable success in the health, hygiene, sanitation and safe drinking water sectors.
The exceptional success achieved by char women with assistance of Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) has reduced extent of water-borne diseases and related deaths almost to the zero level in the riverine char islands of ten northwestern districts.
Under the comprehensive livelihoods development programme, 5.17lakh people of 1.33lakh women- led have-nots group landless char families have achieved the success to march forward on their way to win over extreme poverty since 2004, reports BSS.
The success has inspired the neighbouring char dwellers to achieve similar progress in these sectors for raising quality of their own living as the nation set to become a middle income nation by 2021.



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Article Risky level of hazardous E. coli found in 55% of Bangladeshi households surveyed


Fifty-five per cent of urban households surveyed across the country use water that contains risky levels of hazardous bacteria E. coli at source, according to the findings of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
Though Bangladesh has set a parameter that no E. coli should be found in a 1Ǡ-millilitre sample of drinking water, the bacteria has been found from 1 to more than 100 colony forming units (cfu) per 100-ml sample of water, says the BBS.
This is the first time that the BBS, with support from Unicef, compiled data on E. coli contamination of water after testing water samples at Icddr,b.


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Article Earth's degradation threatens major health gains: study


The unprecedented degradation of Earth's natural resources coupled with climate change could reverse major gains in human health over the last 150 years, according to a sweeping scientific review published Thursday.
"We have been mortgaging the health of future generations to realise economic and development gains in the present," said the report, written by 15 leading academics and published in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.
"By unsustainably exploiting nature's resources, human civilisation has flourished but now risks substantial health effects from the degradation of nature's life support systems in the future."


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Article Many Dhaka areas without drinkable water supply


Residents of some parts of the capital have been facing a drinking water crisis for the last several years. The water they are supplied with has a bad odour.
Families living in parts of Mugda, Bashabo, Kadamtola, Maniknagar, Mayakanon, Tilpapara and Manda have been suffering the most.
The water, however, can be used for bathing, cooking and doing other household chores.

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Article 950 million people still poop outside, as U.N. sanitation deadline approaches


As many as 950 million people worldwide still defecate outside, polluting water sources and spreading potentially fatal diseases as the U.N.approaches a deadline for sanitation standards set in 2000.
Nearly 1 in 3 people lack access to clean toilets, according to data from WaterAid America, an international organization devoted to providing people around the world with access to clean, safe water.


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Article Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice


Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods.
Billions of people eat rice daily, but it contributes more arsenic to the human diet than any other food. Conventionally grown in flooded paddies, rice takes up more arsenic (which occurs naturally in water and soil as part of an inorganic compound) than do other grains. High levels of arsenic in food have been linked to different types of cancer, and other health problems.

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Article Access to clean water and sanitation around the world – mapped


Around the world, 946 million people still go to the toilet outside. Eritrea is top of the list, with 77% of its population practising open defecation, a practice which can lead to the contamination of drinking water sources, and the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentry, hepatitis A and typhoid. A huge global effort has been focused on reducing these numbers and new data from theWHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme, which has measured the progress made on access to drinking water and sanitation since 1990, shows that there have been improvements in certain areas.

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Article A milestone for girls and menstrual hygiene in Bangladesh

In the first official statement acknowledging and endorsing good menstrual hygiene practices for girls, the Government of Bangladesh has released a statementrecommending improved school toilets. The statement specifies, among other things, that educational officials, school committees and teachers work to create separate toilet facilities for female students, improve all school toilets to include soap, water and a waste-bin and appoint teachers to educate girls about menstruation.


The statement was met with praise by advocates of sanitation and hygiene, and by those working to ensure girls receive education.
The government’s decision was informed by icddr,b research that generated the National Hygiene Baseline Survey 2014. It found that menstrual hygiene is a serious challenge for girls in Bangladesh due to a lack of understanding and general education about the issue—up to 40% of girls reported missing an average three days of school each month during their menstruation because of poor toilet facilities, for example. The survey was conducted by researchers from icddr,b’s Centre for Communicable Diseases in association with the Policy Support Unit of Bangladesh’s Local Government Division, with support from WaterAid Bangladesh.



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