Water stakeholders have urged governments in East Africa to allocate proper budget for protecting and preserving water sources and infrastructures across the region, to combat challenges of access to water.
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The stakeholders were participating in a roundtable conference organised by WaterAid East Africa ahead of the global commemoration of World Water Day 2023 which is marked every 22nd of March. This year’s theme is ‘Accelerating access to water in the face of climate change’.
The conference which was attended virtually and physically involved participants from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.They discussed the significance of collaborations that will facilitate the access to sustainable and safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the region.
She said that the proportion of the global population using safely managed drinking water services has increased from 70 per cent in 2015 to 74 per cent in 2020. Still, 2 billion people were without such services that year, including 1.2 billion people lacking even the basic level of service.
At the current rate of progress, she said the world will reach 81 per cent coverage by 2030, missing the target and leaving 1.6 billion people without safely managed drinking water supplies