"If the millions of women who haul water long distances had a faucet by their door, whole societies could be transformed."1
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
"When clean water becomes plentiful, all the hours previously spent hauling water can be used to grow more food, raise more animals, or even start income-producing businesses."2
Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.
- * One out of Eight people lack access to clean water
- * 3.3 million die from water-related health problems each year
- * Washing hands with soap can reduce diarrheal disease by 45%
- * An eradication campaign that includes a simple water filter has cut the number of Guinea Worm cases by 99.9% since 1986 3
1: National Geographic, April 2010, p.96.
2: National Geographic, April 2010, p.106
3: National Geographic, April 2010, p.112
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