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International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015. Top cause of dirty drinking water? People defecating in public. GENEVA – One billion people worldwide still practice “open defecation” and they need to be told that this leads to the spread of fatal diseases, U.N. experts said on Thursday at the launch of a study on drinking water and sanitation.

Top cause of dirty drinking water? People defecating in public

“‘Excreta’, ‘faeces’, ‘poo’, I could even say ‘sh-t’ maybe, this is the root cause of so many diseases,” said Bruce Gordon, acting coordinator for sanitation and health at the World Health Organization. Societies that practice open defecation – putting them at risk from cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid – tend to have large income disparities and the world’s highest numbers of deaths of children under 5 years old.

Attempts to improve sanitation among the poorest have long focused on building latrines, but the United Nations says that money literally went down the toilet. Attitudes, not infrastructure, need to change, it said. “There are so many latrines that have been abandoned, or were not used, or got used as storage sheds. India No.1. How Does Water Pollution Affect Humans? - The World Counts. TheWorldCounts, 15 April, 2014 Is Your Water Clean?

How Does Water Pollution Affect Humans? - The World Counts

Humans have established communities and flourished around sources of clean, drinkable water since the beginning of time. It’s vital to our survival. Do you know that you can survive several days without food but not without water? It’s heartbreaking to know that millions of people worldwide do not have access to this most basic need, and are dying of thirst and water borne diseases. The Problems and Solutions to Safe Water in Africa. It is a desperately worrying statistic that nearly one billion people in the world lack clean, healthy drinking water.

The Problems and Solutions to Safe Water in Africa

Residents in the UK can turn on a tap and access safe drinking water whenever they like, but the situation is very different for the people of Africa. Health and Water in Africa. ...begins with access to safe Water Read more about...Health Hunger Poverty Education.

Health and Water in Africa

Poverty and Water in Africa. Poverty and Water are Related Read more about...Health Hunger Poverty Education There are a number of reasons why poverty has become an epidemic in Africa.

Poverty and Water in Africa

Poverty can be the result of political instability, ethnic conflicts, climate change and other man-made causes. Facts: Water. Million without water access in:(click a region) Africa The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015.4.

Facts: Water

2013 - United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation: Facts and Figures. This section provides non-exhaustive collection of facts and figures related to water cooperation.

2013 - United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation: Facts and Figures

Should you need more facts on a broader range of water-related issues, check the Water Factsheets on transboundary waters, water and food, water and disasters, sanitation, water and urbanization, climate change and more. See the factsheets 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. Various estimates indicate that, based on business as usual, ~3.5 planets Earth would be needed to sustain a global population achieving the current lifestyle of the average European or North American. Global population growth projections of 2–3 billion people over the next 40 years, combined with changing diets, result in a predicted increase in food demand of 70% by 2050.

Dirty water kills 5,000 children a day. Nearly two million children a year die for want of clean water and proper sanitation while the world's poor often pay more for their water than people in Britain or the US, according to a major new report.

Dirty water kills 5,000 children a day

The United Nations Development Programme, in its annual Human Development report, argues that 1.1 billion people do not have safe water and 2.6 billion suffer from inadequate sewerage. Lesson Plan - Dirty Water, So What? Understanding all of the different ways that water can cause problems in a society can be a big challenge.

Lesson Plan - Dirty Water, So What?

The simple jigsaw activity and quiz are based off of the 4 effects components on our website (health, hunger, poverty and education). They are easy to understand but should still give students a glimpse into the complexity of the situation. Overview To learn about the effects of the water crisis, we suggest utilizing a jigsaw approach. Have students get in groups of 4; this group will be their 'home group'. After reading the material, students will form an 'expert group' where they will meet with the students from the other 'home groups' who have read on their same topic.

A simple half-page quiz is included to ensure that students have actually communicated the critical information to their 'home groups.' In addition to the jigsaw, you may choose to ask students to: Create a public service announcement video using at least 1 fact from each effect. Student Links Optional A.