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Combating plastic waste in Bangladesh, and other news (5 June 2018)

From struggling with plastic disposal in Bangladesh to eradicating tuberculosis in Nigeria

Every Tuesday we highlight some of the international development stories from across the globe that have caught our attention.

  • While usage of plastic is increasing in Bangladesh, the country is struggling to properly recycle and dispose of plastic waste. Too many tonnes of plastic waste still end in the environment, blocking drains and sewerage systems. These areas become breeding grounds for mosquitos, and consequently increase incidences of diseases such as dengue and malaria. Read more at Daily Star.
  • Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest burden of tuberculosis, with more than 400 Nigerians dying every day due to the disease. Dr. Adebola Lawanson, from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, called for increased domestic funding for procurement of drugs and diagnostic equipment, as more than 14 billion Nigerian Naira is needed to control the spread of the disease. Read more in The Guardian (Nigeria).
  • African countries are exploring innovative sustainable solutions to turn waste into energy, hoping to scale-up access to electricity throughout the continent. Ethiopia launched the first full energy-to-waste plant. Read more at the Daily Nation (Kenya).

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