Huge Losses as a Result of a Lack of Sanitation in Cambodia – Wednesday, 6.5.2009

Posted on 7 May 2009. Filed under: Week 611 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 611

“An announcement about a clean water and sanitation program of the World Bank yesterday read, ‘In Cambodia, less than one person among four, that is actually 22% of the total population, is satisfied to have a toilet built at their home – among them about 16% are in rural areas and about 56% are in more densely populated areas. That means that nearly three fourth, that is 70% of the Cambodian population (more than 10 million), still do not discharge feces in toilets.

“According to a study of the World Bank, it is assessed that the economic loss derived from a lack of sanitation in Cambodia is about US$450 million per year, which is around 7% of the GDP in 2005. That means that on average, each person loses approximately US$30 because of a lack of sanitation.

“It went on to say that the economic loss from the impact on health, resulting from the lack of sanitation, is approximately US$190 million of the total loss. The loss caused by dirty water is approximately US$150 million. The loss in the area of tourism is approximately US$75 million. And the loss because of the waste of time resulting from a lack of sanitation is approximately US$40 million.

“The announcement added that many diseases result from infection through human feces and low sanitation, which result in diarrhea, insects in the intestine, and eye and skin diseases. The infection for some diseases are transmitted through dirty hands, flies, contaminated water, and food. Many diseases occur among undernourished children. About 30% of Cambodian children are malnourished, and this reduces the possibilities for their normal daily activities.

“Per year, there are at least ten million cases of disease caused by a lack of sanitation in Cambodia, leading to about 10,000 deaths. Children under the age of 5 suffer on average at least four cases of diarrhea each year, from water for domestic use that is not clean.

“Diseases lead to many expenses, especially when parents do not seek proper treatment from doctors or buy medicines prepared by unqualified sellers of medicine.

“The poor lack money, or even have to borrow money from other people, to cover the expenses for treatments. Also, diseases make children to be away from normal everyday activities and from school. The wasted expenses related to health care caused by a lack of sanitation amount to approximately US$20 million. Cambodia has achieved a reduction of the death rate of children in recent years, but the rate is still the highest in Asia. Deaths at an early age because of a lack of sanitation cause families great loss, and about 10,000 people die before a normal age, leading to a loss of income of about US170 million per year.”Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #177, 6.5.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #177, 6.5.2009

  • Huge Losses as a Result of a Lack of Sanitation in Cambodia
  • The Number of Tourists Drops by 3.4% Owing to the Influence of the Global Economic Crisis [compared to the same period last year – according to Minister of Tourism Thong Khon
  • The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Rejects the Complaint of [former Khmer Rouge leader] Nuon Chea to Be Released on Bail
  • 250 Cars Using Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Police Number Plates Ask for Civil Number Plates at the Municipal Department of Transport [after Prime Minister Hun Sen set an ultimatum for the checking of cars using these plates]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1936, 6.5.2009

  • Sam Rainsy Supports to Combine Two Ministries into One [the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, after Prime Minister Hun Sen recently criticized the disputes among officials, and warned about to possibly abolish the two institutions]
  • Nepal Is in Crisis after the Maoist Prime Minister Resigned
  • South Korean Warship Saves North Korean Cargo from Somali Pirates

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6642, 6.5.2009

  • Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, and Khiev Samphan Are Brought to Hospital [for health checkups]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3750, 6.5.2009

  • The United States of America Criticizes the Cambodian Government for Its Weakness in Fighting Terrorism

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4886, 6.5.2009

  • Cambodian Economists: US$120 Billion of ASEAN Will Positively Influence Cambodia
  • The European Community Chooses Cambodia for the Implementation of a Climate Change Program
  • Eight Films Will Be Shown to Celebrate the Creation of the European Union [from 5 to 9 May 2009 at the French Cultural Center in Phnom Penh]
  • Thailand Asks Nicaragua and the United Arab Emirates to Arrest [former ousted Thai prime minister] Thaksin

Have a look at the last editorial – you can access it directly from the main page of the Mirror.

And please recommend us also to your colleagues and friends.

Back to top


Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: