Subsequent to the conflict in the year 2007, the water supply infrastructure of Cote d’Ivory was badly affected. It hampered the regular maintenance and repair work of the water supply which has resulted in transmission of water-related diseases. The effect is specially felt by the people in the Northern part of the country residing in both urban and rural areas.
Another major drawback of Cote d’Ivory is the lack of proper sanitation facilities. 43 percent of the populace and more than 4 million people are dependent on unsafe drinking water. Due to this, more and more children are dying every day from diarrhea and other diseases which occur due to lack of water. Many more children and adults are vulnerable and are weakened by illness.
Shortage of safe drinking water and inadequate sanitation has many more serious ramifications than meets the eye. Girls are busy fetching water and are not allowed to go to school. Also the school lacks detach sanitation facility for girls for which they are not inclined to go to school. Women are busy fetching water for their family for the maximum time of the day, due to which they are unable to indulge themselves in any other kind of progressive work. The lack of proper sanitation is responsible for the less productivity by the farmers. The poor farmers and workers remain ill all through the year due to consumption of unsafe water. Until the situation is improved, sustainable development is a far cry for the people of Cote d’Ivory.