1 in 6 people do not have access to clean water.
In Indonesia, 80% of the population (197.52 million people) of which many households in densely populated areas, are not served by existing piped water. 16% of Indonesians or 40 million people lack access to clean water. They obtain their water from sources that are contaminated by raw sewage, and this exposure greatly increases human susceptibility to water-related diseases.
Of the four most important causes of under-5 mortality in Indonesia, two—diarrhea and typhoid—are fecal-borne illnesses directly linked to inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene issues. Diarrhea alone is the second leading killer of children under five in the country and accounts for about 20% of child deaths each year. Every year, at least 300 out of 1,000 Indonesians suffer from water-borne diseases, including cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever, according to the Ministry of Health. Difficult access to improved water supply also means that poor households, particularly women and children, spend too much time fetching water.
To correspond with World Water Day of 2014, Waves For Water will be coordinating one of the largest single day water relief efforts in history. Five groups of trained professionals will lead “Clean Water Courier” missions to five different parts of the globe – Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia and Nicaragua. Each team will bring a key influencer or public figure to help document the story as they distribute water filtration units. Approximately 1,000 water filters will be distributed on one day (03.22.14) with capacity to help provide access to clean water for 100,000 people.
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