Clean Water

NIGERIA: Officials seek source of deadly gastroenteritis


Source: IRIN News Photo: Aminu Abubakar/IRIN Unsanitary water conditions in northern Nigeria have led to a deadly 2008 gastroenteritis outbreak ABUJA, 21 October 2008 (IRIN) – The Nigerian Ministry of Health is trying to determine what caused a gastroenteritis outbreak that has claimed 120 lives in northern Nigeria’s Sokoto state and dozens more in [...]

Relief Groups Push Water Projects

Source: A FLEDGLING COALITION of religious groups is trying to show Americans that for too many people worldwide, clean drinking water isn’t as close as the kitchen tap. With more than 1 billion people in developing countries lacking readily available safe drinking water and 2.6 billion without access to sanitation, the faith community is [...]

Water, Race and Disease

Review “Troesken’s definitive history of the fight against water-borne disease in large American cities shows how the public’s fear of contagion made them willing to build expensive water and sewer systems that sharply reduced the disparity in black and white death rates. This book will be required reading for anyone interested in public health, political [...]

Unsafe Drinking Water Blamed for 88% of World’s Disease

By Rachel Oliver December 20, 2007 Source: CNN (CNN) — The next time you fall sick and someone suggests it’s because of something in the water, they could be right. According to the World Bank, 88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Nanhu Lake in Chongqing, [...]

Charity Water – Why Water?

Source: ONE IN SIX PEOPLE ON THE PLANET DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk [...]

Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water-Related Diseases 2000-2020


Pacific Institute Research Report Peter H. Gleick August 15, 2002 Source: Abstract The failure to provide safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services to all people is perhaps the greatest development failure of the 20th century. The most egregious consequence of this failure is the high rate of mortality among young children from preventable [...]

Water Facts Quiz – World Bank

Speakers Bureau External Affairs, World Bank Source: 1. In the year 2000, about how many Africans could not get safe drinking water? Check all that apply. A) Half B) 300 million C) More than the entire population of the United States.

Is access to clean water a basic human right?

by Winslow Dahlberg-Wright Source: As I sit here writing this, I periodically pause to sip from a tall glass of water. What exactly did I do to come by such a precious substance, while others wither and die for want of it? I neither exerted any great amount of effort nor exhibited any fantastic [...]

Saving Lives through Global Safe Water

by James M. Hughes Comments and Jeffrey P. Koplan Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Source: CDC Unsafe water is a global public health threat, placing persons at risk for a host of diarrheal and other diseases as well as chemical intoxication. Unsanitary water has particularly devastating effects on young children in the developing world. [...]

Some Mexican Produce Sent to U.S. Grown in Unsanitary Conditions

Saturday, September 13, 2008 Source: Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press & Mark Walsh, Associated Press ALLENDE, Mexico —At the end of a dirt road in northern Mexico, the conveyer belts processing hundreds of tons of vegetables a year for U.S. and Mexican markets are open to the elements, protected only by a corrugated metal roof. [...]

Hepatitis A: Thriving in Unsanitary Conditions

Source: World Health Org. Hepatitis A is transmitted by human consumption of fecal-contaminated drinking water or food. Like cholera, the risk of contracting hepatitis A depends on the hygiene and sanitary conditions in a given area. Developing countries are at high risk, although 180,000 people in the United States are infected each year by hepatitis [...]

Parasitic worms could fuel Aids – Reuters

23/07/2008 08:54 – (SA) Source: Reuters. Washington – People infected with parasitic worms may be much more susceptible to the Aids virus, according to a study published on Tuesday that may help explain why HIV has hit sub-Saharan Africa particularly hard. The study involving monkeys demonstrated how a type of parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis, [...]

Key Facts About Water – UNEP

FRESHWATER IS A SCARCE RESOURCE Source: UNEP: World Environment Day Improved water management has brought enormous benefits to people in developing countries. In the past 20 years, over 2.4 billion people have gained access to safe water supplies and 600 million to improved sanitation. Nevertheless, one in six people still have no regular access to [...]

Asia: After Tsunamis, Outbreak Of Epidemics Feared

By Charles Recknagel The death toll from the 26 December tsunamis in Southeastern Asia is now more than 100,000 and growing as the bodies of more victims are found. As relief agencies try to cope with the crisis, there are fears that inadequate shelter and sanitation could lead to epidemics in the region as well. [...]

Parasitic Worm Infections Increase Susceptibility To AIDS Viruses

ScienceDaily (July 24, 2008) — Persons infected with schistosomes, and possibly other parasitic worm infections, may be more likely to become infected with HIV than persons without worm infections, according to a new study. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, United States) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical [...]