„Toilette“ darf kein Tabu mehr sein. Das „Internationale Jahr für sanitäre Grundversorgung 2008“ (in German) - Toilettes should not be a Taboo, The “International Year of Sanitation 2008”

Eid, U. (2008)

Published in: 2008

Publisher:
KA Korrespondenz Abwasser, Abfall, Volume 55, Nr. 9, p. 1002

Author:
Eid, U.

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In the eyes of the public, sanitation is not really seen as a catalyst for human development; for many people, it is a far-fetched, a cranky, and even an unsavoury subject. As a matter of fact, toilettes and wastewater management are surrounded by taboos, and their tremendous importance for public health is completely underestimated. Every day, 5,000 children die of the consequences of dirty water. The stigmatization of the subject is the main obstacle to progress, as was underlined in the “Report on Human Development 2006”, issued by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To break this taboo, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) has taken the initiative and declared 2008 to be the “International Year of Sanitation”.

Summary in German:
Die sanitäre Grundversorgung erscheint in der öffentlichen
Wahrnehmung nicht gerade prädestiniert dafür, als Katalysator
für menschliche Entwicklung zu gelten, sondern ist vielen ein etwas
abseitiges, ja geradezu „schrulliges“, um nicht zu sagen abstoßendes
Thema. Tatsächlich sind Toiletten und Abwassermanagement
von Tabus umgeben, und ihre immense Bedeutung für
die öffentliche Gesundheit wird völlig unterschätzt. Täglich sterben
5 000 Kinder an den Folgen schmutzigen Wassers. Die Stigmatisierung
des Themas ist das Haupthindernis auf dem Weg zu
Fortschritten, wie der „Bericht zur menschlichen Entwicklung
2006“ des Entwicklungsprogramms der Vereinten Nationen
(UNDP) betont. Um dieses Tabu zu brechen, hat der Beraterkreis
für Wasser und sanitäre Grundversorgung des UN-Generalsekretärs
(UNSGAB) die Initiative dazu ergriffen, das Jahr 2008 zum
„Internationalen Jahres für sanitäre Grundversorgung“ der Vereinten
Nationen auszurufen.

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Eid, U. (2008). „Toilette“ darf kein Tabu mehr sein. Das „Internationale Jahr für sanitäre Grundversorgung 2008“ (in German) - Toilettes should not be a Taboo, The “International Year of Sanitation 2008”. KA Korrespondenz Abwasser, Abfall, Volume 55, Nr. 9, p. 1002

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