With all the scientific and technological progress around the world, how come poor sanitation still remains a mass child killer? And how can we save lives by learning a few lessons from the past - for example, from the 19th century Britain?
Join Dima and Jackie as they listen to and discuss an interview with the spokesman of a leading environmental charity.
This week's question:
Health problems caused by poor sanitation are killing many more children than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined. If the world spent 10.8 billion dollars in 2004-2006 on HIV/Aids, how much do you think was spent in the same period on improving sanitation?
Listen to the programme
Fighting poor sanitation
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!
Vocabulary from the programme
- systems for taking dirty water and other waste products away from buildings in order to protect people's health
- when your body gets poisoned by unclean water or infected food, making your stomach upset so you need to go to the toilet really often; this can be a very serious health problem
- to outweigh
- to be greater or more important than something else
- health care priorities
- deciding which diseases or illnesses to fight first
- lack of political will
- here, governments show no desire to act
- is driving this neglect
- is the reason for not doing anything about the situation
- extremely bad, very unpleasant
- putting money into something worthwhile
- to bring about
- to result in something, to be the impulse for something to happen
- significant reductions in child mortality
- the number of child deaths became a lot smaller
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