June 21, 2012 Leave a comment
While civil society in the WASH sector in Africa and around is fighting to get the right to water recognized in our constitutions and accepted by governments, the fight still seem far from being won in some places. When access to water becomes very expensive, the vulnerable especially women and children are the hardest hit (especially those found in very poor areas). Women are responsible for providing water at home. Also, being responsible for many household chores that requires the use of water makes women bear the brunt in the rising cost of this necessary commodity (be it a rural or urban woman).
The Ugandan government in this year’s budget reading decided to put an 18% tax on water. The government has however decided to build a hospital to cater for the general wellbeing of women: thus to cut down on maternal and child mortality and other health related issues.
Water related diseases such as cholera, dysentery are most common health related diseases that affect many in the urban slums and poor areas. Women and children are equally the most affected in these cases. How will the poor cope when water becomes less affordable? It is very important to provide more health facilities. However tackling only the curative is not the best solution. Prioritizing the preventive is much more important. Why not prevent such diseases by making water affordable so that other sanitation and hygiene related diseases can be tackled.
Follow link to read an interesting article: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/632155-budget-women-cry-foul-over-water-make-up-taxes.html