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Why is it so important that people around the world have access to safe drinking water?

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´╗┐Why is it so important that people around the world have access to safe drinking water? Over 1.1 billion people on planet earth live without access to clean, safe, healthy water to drink every day. Over 4,000 children die every day due to children in very poor countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Guinea and Burundi drinking dirty, infected water. One of these problems are due to people not having toilets, so they dump their waste into lakes which people drink and wash clothes in every day of their lives. However, there are many charities like Water Aid helping thousands of children get clean, safe, healthy water by making water pumps in villages which is connected to a stream so they can get clean, safe water to drink. ...read more.


Their health, education and family relationships are affected. In many countries children, particularly girls, are responsible for the collection of water. Girls as young as 10 years old may take the main responsibility for drawing and carrying the family's water. The size of the water container may vary with the size of the child, but each litre of water carried weighs 1kg and may need to be carried up to three or four miles. Carrying such heavy weights is damaging in the long term for adult women, and for girls there are even more serious implications given their physical immaturity. In particular, there can be damage to the head, neck and spine. ...read more.


Over 50,000 people benefit from WaterAid's work in Ghana every year. WaterAid has developed internal fundraising in Ghana, including substantial contributions from the Standard Chartered Bank Ltd. WaterAid has helped its partners become independent organisations, enabling them to carry out more project work in Ghana. India For every 1,000 children, 68 die before their fifth birthday, mainly from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea. Only 15% of the rural population has access to a toilet. In order to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without sanitation, access will need to be provided for 21 million people every year. Population 1170.9 million Life expectancy 64 years What has WaterAid achieved? Nearly 240,000 people gained access to safe water and sanitation in 2009/10 through WaterAid supported projects. The WaterAid project in Kalmandhai, Tiruchirapalli city was declared the country's first 100% sanitised slum in 2002. ...read more.

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