In November 2011 Ugandan newspaper New Vision called attention to the “horrific sanitation conditions” of a World Bank-funded waterway in Uganda, calling it a “toxic dumping ground”. The Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), its low-income country arm, lent $22.4 million for the construction of the Nakivubo Channel waterway, which runs through the country’s capital Kampala and “regularly floods polluted water into people’s homes, causing damage and disease”, according to the newspaper. It also reported that locals employed to clear the waterway are not provided protective gear and not paid enough to treat illnesses they contract as a result. The workers also complain of the illnesses being spread to their children, the paper said.
Market-led policy approaches increasingly used to deal with both climate and health emergencies are failing to protect those most vulnerable.
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