Health

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’, setting a world agenda that focuses increased attention on water-related issues. This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3,1 million people per year, most of them children less than five years old. Of these, about 1,6 million people die each year of diarrheal diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

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It’s World Plumbing Day soon, so celebrate by becoming educated about water-related diseases.

Plenty of communities all over South Africa still rely on untreated water for their daily supply, and often, they have very limited access to adequate sanitation facilities. As a result, these communities are threatened by waterborne and water-washed diseases every day. While access to clean drinking water, proper personal hygiene and adequate sanitation infrastructure are the best ways to prevent these diseases, there are other ways to avoid them.

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