Putting in a deep borewell is a major project for 2018 for a health centre in Ngoswani. In this remote part of Kenya, they have no electricity and no clean…
WATER PROBLEMS AFFECT HALF OF HUMANITY
Every 21 seconds a child dies from water-related illnesses.
Spending on clean water and sanitation has made dramatic advances in health, and infant mortality decreases. This expenditure occurred in the 1980’s in the United States of America and Britain. Today many countries spend less than 1% of the national income on water. Spending needs to rise, as does the share of foreign aid spent on clean water projects, says the United Nations Development Programme. Providing access to sufficient quantities of drinking water and the provision of facilities for a sanitary disposal of excreta is a priority. Also, introducing healthy hygiene behaviours is of paramount importance to reduce the burden of disease caused by these risk factors.
Findings in the world’s worst slums are that impoverished people often pay more for clean water than wealthy people in the same cities. They usually have to buy water from standpipes and pay per bucket. Often, the water is contaminated with diseases that kill or leave them unable to work or go to school. Reports are urging governments to guarantee that each person has at least 20 litres of clean water a day, regardless of wealth, location, gender, or ethnicity.
The Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water targets between 1990-2015 were to halve the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water. Five years ahead of schedule, this goal was achieved in 2010. In 2016, 663 million people still need clean water. The World Health Organisation states that, for every dollar invested in clean water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34. If clean water was free to the poor, this could be the next leap forward in human development.
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Source: Beyond Water, United Nations, World Health Organisation, The Guardian.