posted sept 2008, have to find it again…

The world is progressing at an unbelievable rate, yet the health issues of a third of the world’s population remain un-addressed. About 85% of the world’s population does not have access to a proper functioning toilet. Water borne diseases are spreading like wild fire. According to a report, every year more children die of diarrhoea than of AIDS.

The lack of toilets is more prominent in rural areas than urban areas, yet they affect all of them likewise. Poor sanitation is a cause that people are suffering from diseases which were unheard of decades ago. This is a crisis, faced by every country, but the governments are turning a blind eye to them despite the fact that these diseases are the major cause behind the hospitals being over crowded.

Access to proper sanitary conditions is a basic right of every human being no matter rich or poor. The third world countries are suffering the most, there is no concept of toilets in the villages whatsoever, causing poor health conditions.

Those of us who have access to a proper toilet will be disgusted by the sight of people excreting waste in open. This unattended waste does more harm than a drone attack would.

posted july 2008, have to find it again…

Water is one of the most precious things on earth; for without it we can’t live. While it can be abundant, not all people can have access to clean, potable drinking water especially in poor nations. Having safe water and maintaining our overall wellbeing go hand in hand. Unfortunately for many people in Africa and some Asian countries, clean water is scarce. Countries all over the world have expressed the utmost importance of having access to safe water being a top factor of our survival.

That’s why it is truly miserable if people can’t have access to clean tap water for their various household and personal uses. And more importantly, we know how easily people can get sick with fatal diseases by simply drinking unsafe or contaminated water.

Anyone from poor countries (without access to safe water) can get sick of any of these diseases: diarrhea, worm infestation, and trachoma. Who knows, there could be other water-borne health conditions that unsafe water can do and that can cause death to any infected individual.

Now the globalized world has even posed more threat to people’s access to potable fresh water. While it brought progress, industrialization unfortunately has also polluted our water resources. Unless proper garbage and waste regulation is implemented by all governments across the globe, we can only expect the worst consequences.

posted mar 2008, have to find it again…

Poverty is instigated by the lack of the right resources, lack of access to markets, hospitalisation and an ignorance of the current trends and requirements. But these days we have cell phones that help the poor to stay in touch with the current trends and give them a better shot at moving with the world, and to benefit from its progress.

Living in a third world country should not hamper an individual from making the best of his abilities. Cell phones are now less expensive than they have ever been, and the United Nations have taken huge steps in this respect.

The United Nations millennium villages project provided cell phones to villages across 10 poor South African countries and then noticed that with the increase in cell phone usage the country’s GDP increased. This boom in the mobile industry has taken the world to the next level. The poor and the rich alike, are benefiting from this ingenious invention.

All we know is that we are witnessing more each day when it comes to online communications. And we might have thought once that communicating via the World Wide Web was only reserved to emails… until various web-based communication platforms, such as social media sites and online conferencing came to life.

Looking at how fast change has been for online-based communications, we could only brace ourselves for more. At least no matter what, we know that it is going to be handy and convenient.

As you can read in The succes of microloans, the fruits of these programs are now beginning to blossom.

The poor who were suffering greatly and were deprived off their basic human rights like food, shelter and clothing can now provide for themselves. Before, they were suffering from mal-nutrition and other vitamin deficiencies, the children in Africa were dying of hunger because their families couldn’t make both ends meet.

Of course, these things still happen, but microloans have given many families a better life. They now earn enough to afford three meals a day, cover their bodies with adequate clothing and shelter themselves under a roof.

These loans are issued to people who are in desperate need of money, those who were losing the race to survival. And what’s new, microloans are even given out to women who want to start small at-home industries and play their part in supporting the family.
Everybody can now start a business or make the already existing ones flourish. A farmer may use the money to buy new tools, a fruit vendor might use it to buy a permanent shop. In one way or the other, these loans are helping those in need, world wide.

As mentioned in my plaint on women rights in Asia the situation seems to be on a standstill for ages. However, I recently noticed that the conditions are improving in a few countries. In most countries women already earned the right to vote (as a result of a struggle which lasted ages!). But today, we also see women in important political positions, and that’s a major step forward.
However, the struggle is far from over yet. Women may have gained some rights, but they are still deprived from many others.

The government needs to take major steps to empower women. The dowry tradition leads to forced marriages, these forced marriages result in divorces, which leaves the single, helpless mothers to take care of their children. Worse still these women are shunned by the society and their own families.
This is why governments should provide financial aid for single mothers. This aid can be provided as microloans or through NGO’s, so women can work while staying at home and start their own small businesses.

Laws should be made to eradicate evils like domestic violence, forced marriages, polygamy and many others.
And to enhance the rights of women to inherit properties and other valuables, the already present laws should be implemented und fulfilled.

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