Lack of access to safe drinking water contributes to the staggering burden of diarrhoeal diseases worldwide, particularly affecting the young, the immunocompromised and the poor. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhoea. Diarrhoea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined2. Drinking contaminated water also leads to reduced personal productive time, with widespread economic effects.
Every morning I am so grateful for the water that so abundantly pours out of my taps. Hot water for a shower. Cold water to quench my thirst. Clean water to wash my dishes. Even the water to flush the toilet. Every morning I am painfully aware of this most basic of luxuries. Read on about this innovation in water purification: Vestergaard Frandsen : LifeStraw® – Introduction.