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Group | Drinking water. A luxury for all those who do not have access!
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Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential!Lack of drinkable water means serious health problems. Rural communities are the first affected, diseases are increasing. Without drinking water, malnutrition worsens by a factor of 10. In Sumba, 60% of young children are underweight, malnourished or stunted. This leads to premature death in this young population. Water covers 70% of our planet, and it is easy to think that it will always be plentiful. However, freshwater "the stuff we drink, bathe in, irrigate our farm fields with" is incredibly rare. Only 3% of the world’s water is freshwater, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use. As a result, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Inadequate sanitation is also a problem for 2.4 billion people. They are exposed to diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, and other water-borne illnesses. Two million people, mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases alone.