A World Vision team drills for water at Mwanakayaya village, southern Zambia. The village chief says there are “no dams, no streams, no rivers” nearby.
Larger than expected health benefits of clean water make a strong case for improving access for 750 million people in poor nations, says a new report from the World Bank.
“Provision of basic water and sanitation facilities ... would be a good investment in economic terms,” says World Bank economist Guy Hutton. Based on a study of health benefits and time saved, such as from carrying water, investments in universal access to clean water could prevent 170,000 deaths a year and basic sanitation for all could prevent 80,000 deaths.
In 2010, the United Nations declared improved sanitation and water to be basic human rights.
Reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds, World Vision provides more people with clean water than any other nongovernmental organization. Our model gives communities ownership and training in maintenance of water points so that water continues to flow long after our work concludes.
Photo © 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision