Portable Water Scarcity May Lead to Diseases – Moepeng

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) representative, Dr Pelotshweu Moepeng has said increased scarcity of portable water in the south could lead to increased risk of poverty and vulnerability to diseases.

Speaking at the non-governmental organisation poverty eradication strategy workshop recently, Dr Moepeng said considerations to use treated waste water required the existence of aocacy groups that would ensure that water from such sources were in good condition.

He further said climate change had implications on amounts of rainfall, their timing and rising temperatures and that could also increase vulnerability hence the need for aocacy to mitigate immediate challenges that could cause extreme hardships.

Talking about the challenges children faced and risk of poverty, Dr Moepeng said high incidence of divorce and lack of emotional support to help children in transition increased the risk of being poor. Therefore, he said it was upon NGO’s to see what they could do to address such issues.

“Also high incidence of single headed family, low incomes increase risk of poverty and lack of after school care support systems for children from poor house holds increase risk of poverty, and as NGOs what can we do to address the issues,” he said.

On some challenges that old age people faced, he said small house hold size and lack of extended family system limited options for the aged, adding that increased incidence of terminal diseases and lack of home based nursing care compromised individual human dignity.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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