Don’t we all love water, swimming, playing in it, drinking it you name it. Personally I love water but have you ever wondered how many people can enjoy this resource?
The sad reality is that there isn’t enough freshwater for everyone and in fact the world is in a crisis that calls for everyone’s attention.
According to the United Nations World Health Organization 1.1 billion people has no access to any type of improved drinking source of water.
” So what does this result in ?”
1.6 million people dying every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera) attributable to lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and 90% of these are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.
160 million people are infected with schistosomiasis causing tens of thousands of deaths yearly; 500 million people are at risk of trachoma from which 146 million are threatened by blindness and 6 million are visually impaired.
Intestinal helminths (ascariasis, trichuriasis and hookworm infection) are plaguing the developing world due to inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene with 133 million suffering from high intensity intestinal helminths infections; there are around 1.5 million cases of clinical hepatitis A every year.
” These figures are disturbing to say the least and we all need to learn how to use water efficiently and sustainably. A lot of us consider having clean drinking water as a privilege when it is a necessity for human survival.”
Water means so much to a nation as it is the foundation for food and energy security, and for overall long-term social and economic development. Water underpins health, nutrition, equity, gender equality, well-being and economic progress, especially in developing countries. But equitable water supply and quality problems are also threatening the security of some of the most developed countries in the world. In the USA, for example , water availability has already been identified as a national security concern, threatening its ability to meet the country’s water, food and energy needs.
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Water indeed is life save it save lives.
Foreword by Gro Harlem Brundtland
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