Future Global Solution

WHO - Diarrhoea and Bad Water

Diarrhoea occurs world-wide and causes 4% of all deaths and 5% of health loss to disability. It is most commonly caused by gastrointestinal infections which kill around 2.2 million people globally each year, mostly children in developing countries. The use of water in hygiene is an important preventive measure but contaminated water is also an important cause of diarrhoea. Cholera and dysentery cause severe, sometimes life threatening forms of diarrhoea.

The cause

Diarrhoea is a symptom of infection caused by a host of bacterial, viral and parasitic organisms most of which can be spread by contaminated water. It is more common when there is a shortage of clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning and basic hygiene is important in prevention.

Water Shortage      by Prof. Liwayway Memije-Cruz

“Where there is no water, there is no life. . . . We live by the grace of water.” -Michael Parfit, writer for National Geographic

 Diane Raines Ward wrote in her book entitled Water Wars-Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst, that 40 percent of the world’s population “carry their water from well, rivers, ponds, or puddles outside of their homes.” In some countries, women may spend up to six hours fetching water for their families, lugging it home in containers that, when full, weigh more than 40 pounds.

WHO -  The World Health Organization
Each year about two million people die as a result of poor sanitation and contaminated water, and 90 percent of the victims are children
10,000 Children die in the Philippines each year.

Heat waves kills thousands of fish in Minnesota lakes

Posted on July 11, 2012 by
July 11, 2012 –MINNESOTA – The recent heat wave is blamed for killing thousands of fish in several southern Minnesota lakes. Most of the lakes are shallow, and thus more susceptible to summer fish kills, and most of the fish were northern pike, which prefer cold water. Affected waters include Geneva Lake north of Albert Lea, where Department of Natural Resources officials say several thousand northerns probably died, and Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, where hundreds of northerns floated up last weekend. Jack Lauer, the regional fisheries manager in New Ulm, says he’s heard of about 10 to 15 affected lakes. He says populations will recover. Henry Drewes, the regional fisheries manager for northwestern Minnesota, says some waters around Alexandria have also seen fish kills, including Lake Christina and the Pomme de Terre (pom-duh-TAIR’) River. –Star Tribune