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High Fractions of Child Mortality Directly Linked to Unsafe Drinking Water Toxicities -- UN-Water Decade Observance 2014, in the United Nations' MDGs & Post-2015 Perspectives

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HAMILTON, New Zealand, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to UN's statistical estimations, some 869,000 children under five die every year due to toxically germ-infested unsafe drinking water -- almost over 3-4 babies a minute. Countless others fall in serious sufferings of long-term health consequences. Inadequate sanitation and ecologically incompatible sewage-drainage systems are the primary causes of the present situation.


The sewage outlets of the urban areas necessarily do impose a disproportionate and unfair burden on the lands where mostly the poor populations are inhabited. As a result, the soil along with subsoil water reservoirs, essentially become inept to shield against the burdens of both, the inorganic and organic wastes' toxicities imposed thereupon, due to being incapable of bearing and processing this 'disproportionate and unfair toxic burden.'  In turn,… "eventually and logically, the sources of water allocations for human consumption are left on high stakes…," mentions a thematic report 'Subsoil Hydro-toxification Indicators' by SAIRI initiative for Asia and Africa.

According to the '2014 World Water Development Report' released by (UNESCO) and UN-Water in addition to the '2005-20015 Water Decade Indicators' by SAIRI, during the 'World Water Week Observances 2014,' some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to appropriate sanitation.

The 'UN-World Water Observances 2014' were marked under two separate themes: 'Water-Energy Nexus' by the UNU in Tokyo, Japan and the 'Water-Health Nexus' in the SAARC regions countries. The Tokyo celebrations started by 3/20 to mark the WWD, whereas the SAARC processions go on their thematic association to be concluded up by the WHO International day.

The Secretary General UN, Ban Ki Moon said in a central note to the World Water Observance-2014, that, "Let us pledge to develop the policies needed to ensure that sustainable water and energy are secured for the many and not just the few."

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, stresses in his distinct note, that "ill-thought out allocation of water has a disproportionate effect on the poorest sectors of society" and that "it is crucial that Governments apply a human rights framework to guide their actions."

SAIRI's Principal Investigator Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi and Pro-VC of Dow University of Health Sciences, Prof. Umar Farooq, on behalf of SAARC sector's academic alliance for 'subsoil water toxicity research initiative,' thematically emphasized that, "Improper and untreated disposal of sanitary water and untreated industrial waste is resulting in contamination of sub soil water."

For their thematic part, added the Pro-VC DUHS and SAIRI's principal investigator in in a cautioning note that, "Human beings consuming the sub-soil water and the crops in which the water is used, become a source of spread of avertable severe diseases. Awareness must be raised for the prevention of natural water reservoir's contamination."

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that "There is enough water in the world for everyone. What we continue to lack is better governance and the collective courage to craft fair compromise solutions." She said, adding, "It is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality, and preserving the environment."

The UN's children's rights organization further estimates, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), that 10 countries are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources: China (108 million), India (99 million), Nigeria (63 million), Ethiopia (43 million), Indonesia (39 million), Congo (37 million), Bangladesh (26 million), Tanzania (22 million), Kenya (16 million) and Pakistan (16 million).

ContentCo-GNN is dedicated to dissemination of the thematic realm-orbs, concerning the United Nations Observances, particularly in the perspectives of the UN MDGs. It focuses on research oriented, multi-disciplinary subjects like UN-Water Decade 2005-2015, and therefore is committed to bring into the public attention, the pressing needs addressed in incitement-events like the presently under focus 'Health-Water Nexus 2014.' Being an apex academic body of theme-specified dispersals, is consistently in a principal commitment for awakening and raising the global awareness towards important issues in connection with MDGs as well as, in Post-2015 scenarios.


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