Contaminated water kills thousand kids every day: UNICEF
Mar 21, 2023
New York [US], March 21: Polluted drinking water and an absence of sanitary infrastructure are endangering the lives of children worldwide, according to the UN children's agency UNICEF. Every day, more than 1,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide from diseases caused by polluted water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene, UNICEF said on Monday.
According to a new analysis by the organisation, a total of 190 million children in 10 African countries are at risk. The situation is most serious in the West and Central African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia, it said. Many of these countries suffer from instability and armed conflict, further complicating children's access to clean water and sanitation. Wednesday is World Water Day.
It is also the day the UN Water Conference kicks off in New York.
The aim is to review the extent to which internationally agreed goals can be achieved, including the UN Sustainable Development Goal on access to clean water for all by 2030. According to the UN, 2 billion people worldwide - one in four - cannot count on having clean water.
Source: Qatar Tribune