Reducing health risks from poorly managed sanitation
In urban areas, large quantities of faecal waste are dumped illegally by informal providers, contaminating the environment and posing a public health risk. Affordable services for collecting and treating faecal waste results in cleaner and healthier communities and urban ecosystems.
Decreasing dependence on unsafe water
Untreated water can pose a serious threat to health and can be linked to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio. Increased access to safe water delivered as part of a regulated citywide service can help low-income residents to life healthier lives.
Using data to better understand the spread of diseases
Cholera is a common public health burden in cities across the developing world, and tackling the spread of cholera in low-income communities is a high priority for city authorities. Data can play a major part in addressing this challenge: if city authorities are better informed, then they can act accordingly – by promoting pit-emptying services to reduce the likelihood of water becoming contaminated with faeces.
Promoting behaviour change to improve health
Poor hygiene practices, such as not washing hands with soap, are major contributors to ill health and the spread of disease, particularly amongst children. Hygiene education and the promotion of handwashing with soap are highly cost-effective ways to prevent diseases.