None of the MDGs would be achieved if the WASH sector is not given the necessary attention. This is because WASH is central to education, women empowerment, health and poverty reduction. WaterAID, an international development agency which made the above known in a press statement issued to GO Health, said investing in water and sanitation would provide a huge return on investment, adding that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned in economic returns through increased productivity (UNDP)
Secondly investing in the WASH Sector will prevent up to 1.4 million child deaths every year (UNICEF), while ensuring more girls go to school, giving back millions of school days lost each year due to waterrelated diseases (UNDP) and also Free up over-burdened health resources, – 10% of the global disease burden could be prevented through improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WHO).
It mentioned that with the importance of the sector, Hundreds of Thousands across the World have demanded Water and Sanitation Justice at Least Developed Countries (LDC) Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Over 350,000 people have called for leaders at the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul to urgently tackle the world water and sanitation crisis, with campaigners warning that if they fail to do so the fight against poverty in the world’s poorest countries will be lost. Read More