One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?
By Katrin Glatzel
When you think of clean water and hygienic toilets, it’s not usually concerns about nutrition that come to mind first. Well, you might want to reconsider.
Poor sanitation, limited hygiene practices and unsafe water sources expose billions of people, particularly children and other vulnerable groups, to a wide range of preventable diseases and consequently high mortality rates in many countries. According to UNWater and the World Health Organisation, two and a half billion people do not have access to basic sanitation and 783 million people have no access to clean water.
Diseases and Diarrhoea lead to preventable child deaths
Credit: UN, Albert Gonzalez Farran
As a result, around four million people die from waterborne diseases every year; just over two million of these deaths are due to diarrhoea and one million of those are children under the age of five. Despite that these young children suffer…
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