Timmy Global Health at UNC's Safe Water Project
Organized by: Allie Jorgensen
“Almost 1/10 of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources.” Safe Water, Better Health, WHO, 2008
Right now, there are approximately 780 million people in the world that lack access to clean water. Furthermore, every minute, a child dies from a water-related illness. The health and economic impacts of today’s global water crisis are staggering:
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
- 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation; 1.1 billion still practice open defecation.
- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
- 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness.
- Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the majority of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
However, there is hope! Timmy Global Health has partnered with MedWater to provide safe water to the communities that we serve. We invest in sustainable water purification systems and provide adequate training and support for the communities that will be using the water. We hope to provide a safe water option for every community that we serve in Tena, Ecuador.