The water quality crisis in Bangladesh is a global one and has prompted calls for the United Nations to create a global fund to help countries tackle the problem.
According to a report released this week, water quality in the country is at critical levels, with more than half of the country’s surface water failing to meet national standards.
The report by the World Bank, the World Water Foundation and the UN Water Programme also called on governments to ensure the “safeguards, including the development of effective monitoring, enforcement and enforcement mechanisms, and access to appropriate systems to monitor, record and respond to adverse impacts of water quality issues.”
A spokesperson for the World Health Organization told CNN the organization is working to support Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure that the water quality problems can be effectively addressed.
“This is a very complex issue and we are working to ensure a holistic response and coordination across all sectors and governments,” the spokesperson said.
“The WHO is working with Bangladesh to address the issues and ensure a sustainable solution is in place.
We will continue to support them and support their efforts to address this issue.”
Bangladesh’s situation is particularly acute given its population is nearly six times the size of India and its per capita GDP is just under $1,000.
It has one of the world’s highest rates of chronic water pollution and has been hit hard by climate change, with heavy rains and droughts ravaging the country in recent years.
The government has been accused of ignoring the needs of people, especially women, by not paying them enough to provide for their basic needs.
The United Nations is currently running a water-quality program for Bangladesh and has set up a national advisory board, which includes representatives from the World Food Programme, the International Monetary Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and other stakeholders.