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Majority of the population in the globe lacks access to safe drinking water and sanitation

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • July 15, 2017
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Ever been in the situation where you were facing a shortage of water at home just before you were heading out to work? Annoying isn’t it? Well, if you thought that was frustrating and inexcusable these statistics just put out in a combined report by WHO and UNICEF will leave you speechless.

As per the statistics three in ten people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation! With a population of around 7.5 billion people on the planet in totality, this is a shocking statistic! The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.

Billions of people have gained access to basic drinking water and sanitation services since 2000, but these services do not necessarily provide safe water and sanitation. Many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing. This puts the health of all people—but especially young children—at risk for diseases, such as diarrhoea. As a result, every year, 361 000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhoea. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.

In order to decrease global inequalities, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for ending open defecation and achieving universal access to basic services by 2030.

Of the 2.1 billion people who do not have safely managed water, 844 million do not have even a basic drinking water service. This includes 263 million people who have to spend over 30 minutes per trip collecting water from sources outside the home and 159 million who still drink untreated water from surface water sources, such as streams or lakes.

 

Ever been in the situation where you were facing a shortage of water at home just before you were heading out to work? Annoying isn't it? Well, if you thought that was frustrating and inexcusable these statistics just put out in a combined report by WHO and UNICEF will leave you speechless. As per the statistics three in ten people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation! With a population of around 7.5 billion people on the planet in totality, this is a shocking statistic! The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas. Billions of people have gained access to basic drinking water and sanitation services since 2000, but these services do not necessarily provide safe water and sanitation. Many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing. This puts the health of all people—but especially young children—at risk for diseases, such as diarrhoea. As a result, every year, 361 000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhoea. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. In order to decrease global inequalities, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for ending open defecation and achieving universal access to basic services by 2030. [ads1] Of the 2.1 billion people who do not have safely managed water, 844 million do not have even a basic drinking water service. This includes 263 million people who have to spend over 30 minutes per trip collecting water from sources outside the home and 159 million who still drink untreated water from surface water sources, such as streams or lakes.  

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