Everyone who has taken even one of our classes has heard this statistic: over 4,000 children die in this world every day from waterborne disease. (That is according to the World Health Organization, in a 2009 report.) That makes this the second leading cause of childhood death, right behind pneumonia. And it places it far beyond the more high profile diseases of measles, malaria, and AIDS — combined! So we often lament this situation and ask the obvious question as to why so little is being done to resolve this horrible situation.
There are groups that are working on the front lines to address this issue. We have previously cited the American Water Works Association’s Water for People program and Catholic Relief Services as champions for this cause. Our long-time friend Dave just identified another, the Safewater Team. You can find out more about them at their web site:
(You’ll also recognize today’s photo from their site.)
We are so blessed in the United States and in most of the “developed” world with modern water treatment and distribution systems that bring safe water into our homes. Like so much of our modern existence, this is entirely too easy to take for granted. Less than a century ago, the entire world was fraught with these diseases. Now typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and other such diseases are forgotten in much of the world — but you wouldn’t forget them if they took your child!
We appreciate that there are many worthwhile causes competing for your charity dollars, but we happen to believe that safe drinking water may be the MOST important one.
And let’s not forget the professionals that operate and maintain our modern water systems. You are saving lives every day by your actions! And we hope we can help you continue to do that through our continuing education opportunities here at MOST.