The water problem worldwide
Today, one of the biggest challenges in the world, is providing access to safe drinking water everywhere. Nearly one billion people lack affordable access to clean water. If they are lucky to be near a source of water, mothers and/or children must walk for miles and then carry it back to their homes by foot only for it to last them a couple days at most, however the water is not guaranteed to be clean and the chances of them catching life threatening diseases are high. 3.4 Million people die each year from water related diseases SUCH AS:
The majority of illness is caused by fecal mater (*****) Half of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by patients suffering from
diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, 90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old,
mostly in developing countries, inadequate
sanitation and poor hygiene, 88% of global cases of diarrhea is estimated to be attributable to unsafe
drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene
Good health comes hand and hand with hygiene and ------
There are solutions that work, but not every community has access to them or the financial means to afford them.
The Good NewsWe know how to bring people clean water and improved
sanitation. We’re not waiting for a magic cure. And the solutions are simple and
cost-effective. On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation
provides an economic return of eight US dollars. For only $25, Water.org can
bring someone access to clean water for life.
More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.3
According to Estimated with data from Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying
and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009, Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.1
Of the 60 million people added to the world's towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities.6
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.2
"[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns." 7
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.7
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