Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Safe Water as the Key to Global Health

The report presents statistics which highlight the consequences for communities in developing countries as a result of non-provision of these very fundamental human needs. Lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, particularly amongst children. Indirect and adverse consequences on education levels, nutrition and economy are also documented .More recently, the benefits of water and sanitation provision have also been quantified. This measurement can be made in terms of improved well-being of people and communities, reduction in public health costs, and catalysis for local economic growth. Such benefits accrue in perpetuity and can potentially lift communities out of poverty and misery. This report explores why that is the case and how we can change the situation. Full paper :http://www.inweh.unu.edu/documents/SafeWater_Web_version.pdf

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