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1,400 children die every day from polluted water
Around 1,400 children under the age of five die every day from diarrheal diseases that are caused by dirty drinking water, a lack of toilets and poor hygiene. This was announced by the children's aid organization Unicef on the occasion of World Water Day.
Diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated drinking water Around 1,400 children under the age of five die every day from diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated drinking water, lack of toilets and poor hygiene. This was announced by the children's aid organization Unicef on the occasion of World Water Day this Saturday. Babies and toddlers in particular would fall ill because their immune systems are still weak. World Water Day has been celebrated annually on March 22nd since 1993 and this year has the motto: "Water and energy".
Singing “Happy Birthday” while washing hands. To fight bacteria and viruses, it is fundamentally important to wash your hands regularly. Unicef advises children in the Philippines to sing the song “Happy Birthday” twice while washing their hands with soap, because this is the optimal time to remove most of the dangerous bacteria and viruses. Other experts regularly advise you to wash your hands several times a day to protect yourself from dangerous infectious diseases.
“Make it easier for yourself!” Starting today, Saturday, Unicef wants to collect money for better sanitation in developing countries with the nationwide “Make it easier for you!” Campaign. For example, donation boxes are to be set up next to empties machines in supermarkets, into which customers can throw their deposit receipts. The children's aid organization wants to provide at least 500,000 children with clean drinking water on a permanent basis and give them access to hygienic latrines by 2015.
770 million people without clean drinking water Around 770 million people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water and around 2.5 billion people lack hygienic latrines or toilets. Unicef runs drinking water and hygiene programs in more than 100 countries around the world. In the event of major crises such as the Philippines, Syria, South Sudan or the Central African Republic, the United Nations Children's Fund coordinates the entire supply of drinking water and latrines as well as information about hygiene. Christian Schneider, managing director of Unicef Germany, said in a press release: "Especially in emergency situations such as after the typhoon in the Philippines or in war zones, clean water and hygiene are a matter of life and death." (Ad)
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