Water is Life. Lack of access to safe water is the world’s single largest cause of illnesses, and the second highest cause of preventable child deaths, with around 4,100 children dying daily around the world from waterborne illnesses. Water is Life.
Lack of access to safe water is the world’s single largest cause of illnesses, and the second highest cause of preventable child deaths, with around 4,100 children dying daily around the world from waterborne illnesses.
Pneumonia is the number one cause of child deaths globally. Hand washing with soap is drastically reducing numbers of infections and deaths.
In New Zealand we simply have to turn on the tap to have access to safe water.
However for many people in Tanzania, access to water means hardship, illness and can even mean death.
In Tanzania access to safe water is extremely limited.
Only 4% of the population have water piped to their homes.
This means everyone else must go and collect water to bring to their homes.
Boke,12 years old, walks 1km each way to collect water, at least twice a day.
The physical hardship of collecting water is not the only difficulty.
Where the water is collected from can be a real problem. Sadly many people are forced to collect water from unsafe water sources such as rivers, streams, lakes, open wells and even puddles – called open water sources.
Mosquitoes use open stagnant water as a breeding ground. Mosquitoes spread a disease called Malaria. Many children and pregnant women get very sick, and in some cases die from Malaria in Tanzania.
A baby boy is being treated for malaria at a local health centre.
People contaminate the water source by:
The following images are of open unsafe water sources.
Remember turning on a tap for clean water is not an option.
See the difference in the colour of the of the water.
This water comes from a protected bore, meaning it’s clean water pumped straight from under the ground and can’t be contaminated by things above ground.
Tanks are another safe water source.
Answers on slide 21
Between 2007 and 2011 UNICEF undertook a water project to improve water access for people in Tanzania.
In the beginning we hoped to improve the lives of 16,000 people, however by the time the project was complete the lives of 65,000 people had been improved by the water project.
In a campaign that raised $500,000 and was matched dollar for dollar by Gareth and Jo Morgan, we were able to achieve:
Later this year Gareth Morgan and members of the UNICEF team will return to Tanzania to see first hand the difference the water project has made to lives of people in Tanzania.