Clean Water, Sanitation Key To Fighting Malnutrition
Inter Press Service: Why Water, Soap and Toilets are Keys to Ending Malnutrition
Tim Wainwright, CEO of WaterAid
“…The Global Nutrition report revealed that despite all of the hard work that’s gone into improving the world’s health, malnutrition remains a serious problem in almost every nation in the world. … [U]p to half of the malnutrition faced by the world’s under-nourished people isn’t so just because they lack food. It’s because they suffer from chronic infection and illness, from dirty water, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene. … That’s why the world needs to rethink its approach to malnutrition, because the status quo just isn’t going to get the job done. If we want to ensure children’s futures aren’t damaged before their lives have even really begun, then governments, policy-makers, and donors need to stop thinking of malnutrition as something that can be stopped with food alone, and start making clean water and toilets a priority…” (11/6).