posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 12:40 PM
According to the latest UN report, almost 2 milion childeren die each year due to the lack of water or proper sanitation. Most of these deaths are
caused by diarrhea and dysentery, the result of water polluted by human waste. The lack of access to clean water is also a powerful driver of
inequality, with the wealthy, who are connected to utilities, paying the least per liter, and the poor, who buy water from local providers, paying the
Simply installing a flush toilet in the home increases by almost 60 percent a Peruvian child's chances of surviving to her first birthday, according
to data in the 2006 Human Development Report documenting the often-fatal consequences of inadequate sanitation in developing countries.
The Report shows that the efficacy of human-waste disposal is one of the strongest determinants of child survival around the world. Improving
sanitation in the home— advancing from open defecation to using a pit latrine to installing a flush toilet reduces overall child mortality by about
a third, say the authors of the Report, entitled Beyond scarcity: power, poverty and the global water crisis.
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I really can't believe 2.6 bilion people don't have acces to proper sanitation.
I strongly agree that clean water should be a right for everyone on this planet, as the UN says. We should do everything in power to make this happen,
to make sure everyone has acces to basic sanitation.
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