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Malawi loses MWK8.8 billion annually due to poor sanitation (Inglês)

Poor sanitation costs Malawi 8.8 billion Malawi Kwacha each year; equivalent to US$57 million, according to a desk study carried out by The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). This sum is the equivalent of US$3.8 per person in Malawi per year or 1.1 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This study provides an estimation of economic impacts on populations without access to improved sanitation in order to provide information on the losses to society of the current sanitation situation. While not all these economic impacts can be immediately recovered from improved sanitation practices, it provides a perspective on the economic gains that are available to countries through a range of policies to mitigate these impacts over the longer term. Underlying data sets to estimate economic impacts are weak; the study therefore uses objectively verified data sources and conservative numbers to estimate economic impacts. Several impacts have been excluded due to lack of data. Therefore the total costs of poor sanitation in this report are likely to be a significant under estimate.

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