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Fighting poor sanitation

Oliver Cumming (image: Wateraid)

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?

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Fighting poor sanitation

a) $1.5bn
b) $15bn
c) $50bn

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

Vocabulary from the programme

sanitation
systems for taking dirty water and other waste products away from buildings in order to protect people's health
diarrhoea
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
shocking
extremely bad, very unpleasant
investment
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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