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Poor sanitation, hygiene at work kills 400,000 workers globally

Worldwide about 400,000 work-related deaths take place due to poor sanitation and hygiene, according to a representative from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

People who work in agriculture, mining, transport or the maritime sector often struggle because of the absence of toilets.

Carlos Crespo-Carrion of the ILO also explains how many catch infectious diseases from contaminated water or from exposure to the chemicals used in the water supplies.


Campaign tackles child malnutrition in South Sudan state

A quarter of a million children in South Sudan’s Warrap state are being screened for malnutrition through a campaign by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN children’s fund, UNICEF.

Although not directly affected by South Sudan’s ongoing conflict, Warrap state has one of the highest rates of acute malnutrition in the country, according to a recent report.

UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, teaches correct handwashing to a student in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12 October 2015.
UNICEF Sri Lanka/Pathum D Magalle

On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal

On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goalMore than 40 per cent of health facilities have no water resources within 500 metres in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice of handwashing with soap is dangerously low even though it is “one of the cheapest, simplest, most effective health interventions,” the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.