Towards accessing clean drinking water
There would be no life without water.70 percent of earth’s surface is covered by th...
such as diarrheaand cholera. In a broad perspective,itismore than accessingcleandrinkingwater,but
also fighting water-born...
To ensure that we sufficiently face clean drinking water crises,we must ensure sure that both rural and
urban populationsa...
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It's not about access to clean water but water that is fit for human consumption.

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Towards accessing clean drinking water

  1. 1. Towards accessing clean drinking water There would be no life without water.70 percent of earth’s surface is covered by this simple molecule, yet approximately 750 billionpeople cannot access clean drinking water. The number of people who struggle every day to have safe water is much higher as water gets contaminated in transit and in the home due tolowlevelsof sanitationandhygiene. AccordingtoGlobal Citizen –anorganizationthatworks towardsfightinginjustice andinequality saysthatlack of safe water to drink causes more deathsthan all wars combined. Regional and Local perspective in numbers Approximately358 millionAfricansdonothave access to safe water. Currently,37.7 percentof Kenyans cannot access clean drinking water according to Dr. Kepha Ombacho, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health. This is approximately17.3 million of Kenyan population with the current population standingat approximately46million.The more reasonwhywe shouldbe worriedabout the situation.A 2014 update by UNICEF and WHO estimates that Kenya as one of those countries lagging behind in progress towards drinking water targets. We have watchedin the newshow people walk tensof milesunderthe scorching sun,especiallyinarid and semi-aridareasinsearchof waterbutend upnot gettingcleanwaterbutcontaminatedwater. Inthe year2000, UN memberstatescommittedthemselvestoMillenniumDevelopmentGoals(MDGs),apledge that wouldsee reducedpoverty byofferingmuchneededsustainable development. Seventhgoal of the MDGs was aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability. Among the objectives of this goal was to reduce the number people who cannot access safe drinking water by 50 percent in 2015. This commitment cannot be achievedby governments and NGOs alone. The private sector has a role to play in making sure the 50 percent mark is achieved, for a healthy society, free of preventable diseases
  2. 2. such as diarrheaand cholera. In a broad perspective,itismore than accessingcleandrinkingwater,but also fighting water-borne related cases. Innovation and Partnerships Recently P&G’s non-profit organization Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) donated 1 million litres worthof watertoNairobi CityCounty.TheseWater-Purificationsachetsare helpingHurumaandMathare slums residents to treat contaminated water through inexpensive water-purification technology which transform cloudy, brown water into crystal-clear, drinkable water that meets all the requirements for drinkingwater. Dirt,parasitesandothermaterial droptothe bottom anddisease-causingmicrobesdiein about 30 minutes. AllisonTummonKamhuis –Global CSDWProgramme Managerexplains thatdiarrheafromcontaminated drinking water is one of the leading causes of illness and death among infants and children in the developingworld.More childrendiefromdiarrhealillnessessuchascholera,typhoid anddysentery, than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Allison also notes that most North Americans do not know that dirty water kills 1600 hundred children everyday Poverty Imagine a family living below a dollar a day; combined with how much time theywaste fetching water. Worse still children end up missing school to accompany their mothers to look for the precious commodity. Afterwalkingtensof miles,itisnota guarantee thattheyfetchcleanwaterfor drinkingnot speaking of pangs of hunger, scorching sun, walking bare footed, being pricked by thorns in the bushes and at times being attacked by wild animals.
  3. 3. To ensure that we sufficiently face clean drinking water crises,we must ensure sure that both rural and urban populationsare economicallyempoweredsothatwe can be comfortablysure thatwe will be able to deal with bigger challenges beyond basic needs. We must combine our efforts to ensure that we not only guarantee right to access water but also clean drinking water. From self-help groups, non-governmental organizations, government to private sector, responsibly of access to clean water should not be centralized to one entity but rather embrace decentralization. Where every player has role to play and contribute to a healthy society. Despite 18.4 millionKenyansliving below povertyline,accesstoclean waterisone of the waysto reduce poverty.Moneywastedtopayhospital billsdue towaterborne diseases;hourswastedinfetchingwater; children missing classes are some of the factors that contribute to poverty. - Ends - Kamau is communications consultant at Hill and Knowlton Strategies with a keen interest in sustainability and social investments. Twitter: @KamauKen360

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