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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Clean Water

A blog reader asked if there is clean water in Africa. Many people in Africa do not have safe/clean drinking water. This video shares the startling statics in central Africa.

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Here are some other statistics from the Australian Red Cross on the lack of clean water in the world:
Six: the average number of kilometres that many women and children in Africa and Asia walk every day to collect water.

Ten: the number of litres of water the average person in the developing world uses every day (the average person in Europe uses 135 litres of water a day, Melbourne currently has a water restriction target of 155 litres per person per day).

Every fifteen seconds: one child dies from a disease caused by lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

Fifty per cent: the number of hospital beds in the developing world which are occupied by victims of unsafe water and sanitation.

Over one million: the number of children killed every year by diarrhoea through dehydration and malnutrition. About one in every 200 children who contract diarrhoea will die from it.

Four million: the number of people who die every year from water-related diseases.

One billion plus: the number of people around the world who lack a basic water supply.

Two point six billion (including 980 million children): the number of people who lack access to proper sanitation facilities - this is about 41 per cent of the world's population.

Source: IFRC, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and Oxfam.

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