Half of Malawians have no toilets – report

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Half of Malawi’s population lack access to toilets, a situation stakeholders say affects sanitation in households.

Malawi ToiletSpeaking during a public debate on Monday evening, Executive Director for Water Aid Marcy Masoo said many Malawians lack facilities that improve sanitation and hygiene.

Malawi commemorated World Water Day on Tuesday but Masoo said over 17% of deaths in children under the age of 14 in Malawi are caused by diarrhoea diseases that result from poor sanitation and hygiene.

“Trust me; the current statistics show that over 8 million Malawians have no latrines while 3 million of them have no access to safe drinking water,” she said.

She added that clean water facilities are also a challenge for public hospitals, saying the situation impacts on patient’s treatment.

Masoo said her organisation is trying to improve access to improve the situation by supporting service delivery and advocacy.

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  1. Then Malawi is better,if the population is lets say 14 Million,then it means there are almost 7 million toilets.A toilet being shared by two.An indication of improvement in sanitation,thats how it can be interpreted.After all its usual to share toilets so here in Malawi the Man-Toilet ratio is 2:1.We are far much better.

  2. So how is this a problem? Half of Malawians have no toilets, you wanted everybody in Malawi to have his/her own toilet? Cant you see that with your stats we have the best human to toilet ratio of 2:1? Are you mad?

  3. a malawi 24 tiziliwa mu toilet mwa jambulayo. zunazi osamazuka pa wall ngati apa kuti mutani inuyo mutchuke? dziko lapasi lidziwe kuti mbali zose za dera la malawi zilibe ma toilet. pali mau amati za banja mwanu sanena zose kugulu mugadzayaluke. nanga kuti akazi anga/ amuna anga amakodza pa mphasa zoona? kusavinidwaa chani?

  4. ?????…….! It can not be true, after 50 years of independence we are still failing to have a working toilet! Let us tackle this problem first before we think about infrastructure/ economic development.

  5. Zoona ndimaonela njila imene ndi madutsa mumphepete mwa mpanda wa chipatala cha banja la mutsogolo kuno ku Mzuzu tudzi tokha tokha kuchita kumwazika ngati munthu anaphunthwa ndi baseni la mandasi koma liri tudzi

  6. A disgraceful and demeaning story. Absolutely no news. People want food. Maize in admarc depots thats what is uppermost on people’s minds. Yet you are talking about toilets!! Really? What will people do with toilets in such acute shortage of food? Nonsense!

  7. You are all awere that Organic Fertilizers adakwera mitengo ndiye tikumasoma malo osamalika kuti; growing season ikafika tikaone chothira kumunda, who doesn’t want bumper yeilds? komanso kafuku fuku wanu ndiwabodza, did you expect every member in the family to have his/her own toilet kuti tioneke aukhondo kwambiri?

  8. Wapanga kafukufuku ameneyi mutu wake sugwira ntchito ayi!!! Amawelenga makomo awanthu kapena amelenga anthu pankhomo kuti aliyense akhale ndi chimbudzi chake??? plz ndimphunzitseni sindikumvetsa!!!

  9. meaning every member in a household must have a toilet??? ofcouse half of the population don’t have toilets but they still have latrines!!!!!

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  11. Zinangolakwika kuti ndinabadwira kumalawi kkkkkk anthu ake mmmmhhhh kunyoza nde amakudziwa chonsecho ndiamphawi achabe chabe

  12. check land owners they know how to built more houses at small piece of land than toilets it’s true, just visit lilongwe in nchesi, kawale,area 23 and Blantyre in mbayani, sigelege, ndilande, manase komanso kunamiwawa just kungotchula pang’ono madela koma alipo ambili.

  13. Kodi mumalemba zopusazi kumakhala kusowa zolemba ngati mulibe zolemba kapena zochita tawauzeni akazanu kuti lero ndikasiya ana kusukulu popeza ndilibe chochita

  14. Eeee ndiye kumwera kumachita kununkha moopyatu, nanga mupaka hafu ya a Malawi? Iiii nizanuzo nchiziwikileni ife kumupoto ndife ochepa pakuchepakoso ambiri Ali ku joni, SOLVE.

  15. Mzimvetsetsa Toilet ndi chimbuzi ndi zinthu ziwiri zosiyana toilet ndiyodula kuti uyigule. Moti a malawi ambiri sangakwanitse zifunika anthu andalama. Koma mukanati Anthu alibe zimbuzi ndikanamva. Chifukwa nzofunika kungokumba.

    • Ine ndikukumbuka ndili std 3,mphunzisi anatiuza kt pali zimbuzi zitatu.yoyamba,pit latrine”chokumba.2 water closet toilet za anthu andalama,3 bucket zipezeka kundende”

    • Ndidakakonda kwambiri madzi atatsika mtengo plus ma toilet atamagulitsidwa so pamtengo wotsika. Ndicholinga choti anthu azikwanitsa kukokamadzi ndikulumikizaso m’matoilet awo amene angamange cos kunena Zoona zokumba it’s not much clean than zamadzi.

  16. Malingana ndkafukufuku wawo zikuwonesa kuti anthu 10 mwa hundred alionse ndi achewa ndpo anthu awiri mwahundred aliwonse nd atumbuka acording to their statistcs.

  17. Tell Major 1 to build them toilets kkkkk.Malawians failing even to dig toilets but telling lies,gissipping and hatred thats their sanitation