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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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The Degradation of Ecosystems in Africa

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A recent study by experts from AFD and the Sahel and Sahara Observatory confirms that several countries in Africa are suffering from severe ecological degradation. The findings are detailed in the fifth edition of L’Économie africaine (“African Economies”), and shed light on a worrying and rapidly spreading phenomenon.
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Tanzania: Improving Cancer Treatment with More Health Professionals and Better Facilities

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While cancer treatment is improving in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, countries like Tanzania still lack the necessary facilities to provide adequate care. But the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project or TCCP, is producing major results, from improved screening rates to the training of hundreds of health professionals in both the public and private sector. On World Health Day, and as the campaign comes to a close, we take stock with Dr. Alain Fourquet, former head of Radiotherapy Oncology at the Curie Institute.
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Using Sports for Children to Learn Lifelong Lessons of Reconciliation in Kosovo

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The armed and bloody conflict that scarred the Western Balkans in the 1990s damaged relations between communities across the region, and it has taken years to forge new bonds. AFD is working with its partners to help, using sports with young people to build bridges. Youth are the vulnerable heirs to the Balkan wars of yesteryear, but they’re also ambassadors for reconciliation. We report from a school in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
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Bangladesh: Sorting the Sanitation Situation to Protect the Ecosystem

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On the southeast coast of Bangladesh, Chattogram is one of the world’s oldest ports with a natural harbour. But the bustling port city struggles to deal with sewage management, which is taking its toll on the environment. Ahead of World Water Day, we take a look at the increasingly ambitious measures being taken to rehabilitate the sanitation system in Bangladesh, with AFD support.
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