Monday, 28 December 2015
Links Between Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) and Malnutrition
It is becoming clearer as time goes on that two of the worst problems plaguing impoverished communities around the world are interrelated: malnutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are often treated as separate issues, but increasing evidence is emerging suggesting that an unsanitary environment can in fact be one of the leading causes of malnutrition among children and adults alike.
The World Health Organisation estimates that up to ‘50% of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhoea or intestinal worm infections as a result of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene’. These figures are enormous, especially when one considers that such diseases are often preventable by the simple act of handwashing. As stated in a report by Action Against Hunger, handwashing with soap reduces the risk of contracting a diarrheic infection by around 47%, which could prevent the deaths of up to 1 million children a year.
These statistics highlight the importance of WASH programmes and initiatives across the globe, and show us that it is through by the simplest of actions that we can begin to make a truly significant change.
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Source: 2013: Pugh, Velleman ‘Undernutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene’;(n.p.) wateraid.org
 Source: 2005, rev. 2007: Departement Technique A.C.F. Interactions of: Malnutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Infections; (p.4) http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/sites/default/files/publications/Malnutrition_-_WASH_-_infections_English.pdf Last accessed 17/12/15
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
Monday, 7 December 2015
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink'
As you may have heard, Chennai and its surrounding region has been hit by the worst flooding for 100 years, leaving hundreds dead, thousands homeless and more than 3 million people cut off from basic services like electricity, food and water.
To show our solidarity with the people of Chennai, Heeals would like to make a large donation of safe, clean drinking water. This donation will not only be necessary during the floods, but also in their aftermath, when the risk of contamination and water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and hepatitis A will be extremely high.
However, we cannot do this alone. We need your help in order to make a significant donation that will really make an impact. It is thanks to your support that we can continue to achieve our aim of providing safe, hygienic drinking water to those most in need.
A 500ml bottle of water costs ₹10 ; a 1 litre bottle costs ₹20 and a 2 litre bottle costs ₹30.
Please visit the Heeals website (http://heeals.org/ContactUs) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to donate.