Blogs Discuss WASH In Recognition Of World Water Day

Courtney McGuire with the Children Without Worms and the International Trachoma Initiative writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, “Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day—an important occasion not just for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, but for the neglected tropical disease (NTD) sector as well. Without WASH, we won’t be able to defeat NTDs such as soil-transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis, trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, and Guinea worm. Now, efforts to better coordinate the work of both sectors have new support with resources such as the WASH/NTD toolkit…” (3/18). The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog notes, “This coming Saturday marks the 22nd year that the United Nations General Assembly has recognized March 22 as World Water Day. In observation of this special day, we would like to take a look back at a few of the articles PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS Pathogens have published on the importance of clean water to human health…” (3/18).