Dire Conditions In the Developing World
Safe drinking water is a problem for more than 1 billion people. Many of these people are women and young children in the developing world who must walk 6 kilometers each day to collect often contaminated water for their families.
How Does This Impact Children's Health?
Diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water is still a leading cause of illness and death among infants and children in the developing world. Over 1600 children die every day as a result of diseases that cause diarrhea. What does this mean? More children die from diarrheal illnesses such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever, than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
How Is P&G CSDW Helping?
P&G has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1995 to develop safe drinking water systems that people can easily use in their homes. These simple, low-cost interventions at the community level improve the quality of household stored water and greatly reduce the risk of illness and death.
And the results can be dramatic. Simply providing clean, purified, drinkable water can reduce the risk of disease and death by about 50 percent.
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