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  • Current Affairs 16th April 2017

    Updated : 16-Apr-2017
    Current Affairs 16th April 2017

    Current Affairs 16th April 2017 - Important Points

    WHO Study : Two billion people drinking contaminated water

    Current Affairs 16th April 2017 - Details

    WHO Study : Two billion people drinking contaminated water

    The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on 13th April 2017, Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017, stating nearly two billion people currently using contaminated water. The revelation was made in the new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water.

     Key Highlights

    • The report states that countries will not meet global aspirations of universal access to safe drinking-water and sanitation unless steps are taken to use financial resources more efficiently.
    • Contaminated drinking-water is estimated to cause more than 500000 deaths due to diarrhoea each year.
    • Contaminated water is also a major factor of several neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, trachoma and schistosomiasis.
    • As per the report, countries have increased their budget for water, sanitation and hygiene at an annual average rate of 4.9 percent over the last three years.
    • However, 80 percent of countries report that Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets for WASH services.
    • In many developing countries, current national coverage targets are based on achieving access to basic infrastructure.
    • Planned investments have yet to take into account the much more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals targets, aiming for universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030.
    • Water and sanitation official development assistance disbursements raised from USD 6.3 to USD 7.4 billion from 2012 to 2015.