Water for Africa Eliminating Waterborne Diseases
Water for Africa Water Treatment Systems Have a Major Effect in Reducing Waterborne Diseases: Clean Potable Water and good health go together. It is impossible to sustain healthy lives when children and families lack access to safe drinking water. However much money, time and effort is invested in medical services and treatment, patients who drink contaminated water will almost certainly get sick again with waterborne diseases, many of which can be fatal.
Lack of safe water and sanitation is the world’s single largest cause of illness, killing 4,500 children each day because of waterborne diseases; that is almost one child every 20 seconds.
However, if a clean potable water supply is installed in a community at the same time as medical treatment is provided, the chances of successful long-term health outcomes are much better. This is especially true in Africa where medical treatment is of small consequence if patients continue to drink the same dirty water which caused many of these diseases in the first place. Such projects in Africa that combine life-saving healthcare with the installation of clean water systems have proven to be dramatically more impactful in eradicating the prevalence of waterborne diseases, many of which often prove fatal for young children.