Tuesday, March 22

Scary Water Facts

The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council has some startling facts on its website, including:
  1. 200 million people in the world are infected with schistosomiasis, of whom 20 million suffer severe consequences. The disease is still found in 74 countries of the world. Scientific studies show that a 77% reduction of incidence from the disease was achieved through well designed water and sanitation interventions.
  2. The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 km.
  3. The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is the equivalent of your airport luggage allowance (20kg).
  4. In Zambia, one in five children die before their fifth birthday. In contrast in the UK fewer than 1% of children die before they reach the age of five.
  5. One gramme of faeces can contain:10,000,000 Viruses, 1,000,000 bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts, 100 parasite eggs.

Egads, man! Let's wash up now!