In order to end poverty by 2030, everyone needs to do their part, even kids. And they can start by pooping in the toilet and washing their hands. That was the message that Raya, Sesame Street’s global health ambassador, brought to the World Bank headquarters this week.

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Despite significant gains, sanitation remains one of the most off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally. Given the health, economic, gender, and other impacts from inadequate sanitation, addressing this issue for all of Africa’s citizens is urgent. Ahead of the AfricaSan conference, panelists discussed what it would take to achieve sanitation for all in Africa. 

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Lack of access to sanitation carries significant human costs. Poor sanitation, water, and hygiene lead to about 700,000 premature deaths annually. It is also estimated that 443 million school days are lost every year due to water, sanitation, and hygiene related diseases.

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An initiative by the World Bank Group’s Water and Sanitation Programs’ Mitra Prima program is helping professionalize community-based water-service providers by helping them build skills in technical and managerial capacity, governance, and financial management.

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Approximately 38% of rural water points do not function properly in rural Tanzania. After receiving an Innovation Challenge Award, a pilot project of water flow sensors was implemented to deliver operational information in a more reliable and efficient manner. Initial focus on a solution brought about an even greater realization.

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YouTube: 3D Printer for Rural Water in Tanzania

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