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Africa: Facing Water & Sanitation Problems

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Mother Africa, Our Health with tags , on August 12, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Africa is the second driest continent in the world. Over half of the African population is without access to a safe water supply. Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is accessible for human use. Therefore, over 80 countries experience complications due to the lack of fresh water.

Fresh water is essential for and interlinked with:

  • Health
  • Food
  • Sanitation

In the developing countries of Africa, as much as 90% of waste water goes without treatment into rivers and streams. Water-borne diseases causes up to 80% of illness and deaths. Seeing people bathe in the same water source as others use to cook, is a common scene.

Fresh water is required for in one’s dietary needs for drinking as well as agricultural irrigation. Droughts cause hunger crisis when food production is low.

The number of people living with water shortages is expected to grow in the coming years.