Thursday, May 5, 2011

Water issues : a new line of work for FOH

Unclean water or lack of water is often at the root of many other issues in health, agriculture and consequently on many other aspects of people life. It is also closely related to poverty: access to a clean, close and reliable source of water is one of the key conditions to a better level of life.

Consider the following:
·         Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water
·         2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation
·         Lack of water is closely related to poverty:
·         Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day
·         More than 385 million people without sanitation live on
less than $1 a day.
·         1.8 million children die each year as a result of diarrhea
·         400 million children have no access to safe water
·         4 million children will die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation 

We will keep you updated to FOH progress on that topic.


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