|What We Focus On|
|According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1.1 billion people have not enough clean water supplies and 2.6 billion inadequate sanitation services. Nearly 80% of diseases in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths of children under the age of five worldwide is due to waterborne diseases. Over 4,000 children die every day because of due to poor sanitation. Diarrhea is one of preventable diseases that can be avoided with clean drinking water and basic sanitation. Around 443 million school days are lost each year from water-related illnesses, and both adults and children also suffer from diseases associated with intestinal parasites.
Many children, girls in particular, spend all day walking miles to fetch dirty, diseased water from a pit, instead of going to school. If separate toilets and water supply are installed in schools, more children will be able to go to school, and children will grow healthier. This will further become a key to addressing Africa’s endemic problem of basic education. Moreover, if children change their hygiene practices at home, their families and local communities will also begin to change their habits.
Reliable and safe water supply can contribute significantly to education, health, and income in underdeveloped world. The global access safe sanitation has increased only from 49% in 1990 to 63% in 2010, leaving 2.5 billion of population unprotected from bacteria, parasites, and serious illnesses that could lead to death. High disease incidence impairs health care and debilitates the national economy.
Investing in sustainable sanitation and clean water improves health reduces health care costs, boosts productivity and increases the return on investments in education. It is not only a cost-effective way of saving many lives, but also a very important step in establishing the basis for economic development.
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