Water pipe passing through open drains
We are proud to announce that the Pakreport platform has won TEDPrize in TEDGlobal Scotland, through audience voting in TEDx Workshop. The $10,000 prize is awarded to the initiatives that will build the base of future cities.
We are going to include sanitation mapping of Rawalpindi in the pakreport platform. Here is the brief summary of what we presented at TED for the idea.
Water borne diseases are the second largest cause of deaths in south Asia, that are directly related to the sanitation system of a city. Whenever, we think of sanitation issues, we think about slums and un-organized living communities. But the reality is that sanitation situation is at worst extreme in some of the bigger cities today.
Our work is in Rawalpindi, the fourth largest city of Pakistan. In year 2004, the sanitation coverage was less than 30%. More than 90% of the city has open drains for water discharge. The city has no sanitation treatment plant. As a result, about 85% of the water is not safe for drinking. A project Rawlpindi Enviroment Improvement Project get funding to lay 165 KM of covered underground sanitation infrastrcuture.
In year 2012, the population has increased to 2 milllion. The sanitation coverage is still less than 35%, with more than 90% of the city still with open drains. The REIR project installed only 11 KM of underground sanitation infrastructure. The project finished with 90% failure, leaving 2 million people behind in same situation.
Poor sanitation infrastructure brings many disastrous issues for its inhabitants.
Every house provides un-restricted access to all kind of insects, including rats with size upto 12 inches. The water remains stagnant in streets. first thing out of door is un-bearable smell. The same drainages passes openly throgh main markets of the city where 90% of the people do shopping. It becomes bigger, and bigger until it goes un-treated into the rivers and canals. The result is more than 85,000 cholera cases are reported every year in Rwp. More than 30% of all deaths are directly caused by contaminated water. In infants this increases to 40%. (WHO stas)
We are active community of change makers working on disaster and open data mapping. With on-ground presence and invloving local community we are going to map every single location with no sanitation infrastructure and open drainage in the city. We are going to make all the maps and data open to make this city a clean place to live for 3.2 million. The bottom up approach to solve sanitation issues has worked in Karachi, Pakistan by providing 100% sanitation coverage to 110,000 households. We wanted to repeat the bottom up approach of building open maps/datasets and community developed sanitation solutions in all cities.
Open drains passing through food markets