Improving global access to clean drinking water
and safe sanitation is one of the least expensive
and most effective means to improve public
health and save lives. The concept of clean
water and safe sanitation as essential to health
is not a novel idea. In 350 B.C., Hippocrates recommended
boiling water to inactivate “impurities”. The
U.S. and Central Europe, where water and sanitation
services are nearly universal, significantly reduced
water-, sanitation-, and hygiene-related diseases
by the start of the 20th century by protecting water
sources and installing sewage systems. However,
in developing countries, water and sanitation services
are still severely lacking. As a result, millions
suffer from preventable illnesses and die every year
(1). Many obstacles must be overcome to improve
these statistics. The integration of public health into
engineering problem solving is critical, but current
efforts are insufficient. Through partnerships with
local communities to implement water and sanitation
solutions that consider environmental, cultural,
and economic conditions, progress toward achieving
and sustaining global coverage of water and sanitation
services will be greatly enhanced.
Kindly see the attached document which provides additional information on WASH.
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- Water and sanitation in developing countriesDownload.
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- WHO water and sanitation facts and figures Download.