Water, water everywhere
Rhona MacDonald explains why there is still not a clean drop to drink for a large proportion of the worlds population
- By: Rhona MacDonald
According to the United Nations, access to clean water is a basic human right. In developing countries, clean water can potentially do more to improve health than drugs, doctors, or vaccines. Vaccines might be able to save a 2 year old child from measles, but what good is it if that child then dies aged 5 due to severe dehydration from diarrhoea?
The crucial question is, ‘Why is it that we have the technology to decode the human genome, grow genetically modified food, and manufacture all manner of drugs and vaccines, yet we cannot provide everyone in the world with clean water?’
Worldwide, 1100 million people lack access to improved water supplies, and 2400 million have no access to improved sanitation.1 Most of these people are in Africa and Asia, where one child dies every 15 seconds as a result of diarrhoeal diseases. Many people have to walk several kilometres