Sanitation and Hygiene
2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
What you can do
- Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush to a sewer or safe enclosure.
- Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing, with soap and water, can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 45%.
Improve Access to Water and Water Quality
6 hours per day are spent by women in some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source. 884 million people don’t have clean drinking water.
What you can do –
- Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking, irrigation, or recharging underground aquifers.
- Build water wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.
- Provide point of use home water filters, such as ceramic or sand filters, to make drinking water safe.
- Promote low-cost solutions, such as chlorine tablets or plastic bottles that can be exposed to sunlight, to improve water quality.
World Water Day is 22nd March. It is a good time to remember how fortunate we are and consider how we can help others less fortunate.