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Proper Hygiene, Access To Clean Water Essential To Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths

Huffington Post: A Healthy Start: Why Moms and Babies Everywhere Need Safe Water at Childbirth
Sarina Prabasi, chief executive of WaterAid America

“…[On Wednesday] WaterAid launche[d] Healthy Start — a new four-year campaign focusing on the devastating impact a lack of safe water, toilets, and proper hygiene practices have on the world’s poorest children. The ‘Healthy Start: the first month of life’ briefing released [Wednesday] highlights the fact that one in five newborn deaths in the developing world could be prevented with safe water, access to toilets, and clean hands. … WaterAid is calling for a dedicated goal to deliver water and sanitation to everyone, everywhere, including all health care facilities, by 2030. …We need to strengthen health systems in developing countries so that fundamental basics of clean water and toilets are met, and we all have the opportunity to have a healthy start in life…” (3/18).

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