Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

Last Modified: Sat Feb 27 2016 16:13:40 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4 kilometers
    a day. Until recently, that is how much, women in the village of Jukna, in the remote province of Badghis in western Afghanistan, used to walk to collect drinking water for their families. And even then, the scarce, brackish water was often a health hazard.
  • 3
    major impacts on health and livelihood due to lack of access to clean water and in most cases to water itself:
  • #1
    Children constantly at risk of bacterial and parasitic infections, and diarrhoeal disease.
  • #2
    High medical expenses.
  • #3
    Several hours spent by the women in fetching water meant less time for caring for children and housework.
  • 2002
    year since the launch of a UNDP scheme to help change the situation. Emphasis is on women in Afghanistan having a greater stake in some community issues.
  • 217
    water supply projects across all six districts of Badghis province were started. Project works include digging deep wells, creating water reservoirs and running pipes to conveniently located hand pumps within the community.
  • 300,000
    people including more than 160,000 women and girls have benefited from these projects to date.
  • 612
    water supply and sanitation projects across Afghanistan have started, through similar schemes. These have helped more than 2 million people access safe and clean water.