Almost 2600 million people in the world haven’t got access to basic water sanitation and water supply infrastructure. This means 40% of the world’s population, according to the UN. Lack of these basic resources is related to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid fever.
In Dala township, in the Yangon Division, the old capital of Burma (Myanmar), probably one of the poorest areas in the region, during only two hours in the afternoons, long queues of hundreds of people carrying plastic buckets wait their turn to gather water out of ponds enclosed with barbed wire, water they need to drink, cook and clean themselves.
“Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are crucial for poverty reduction, crucial for sustainable development, and crucial for achieving any and every one of the Millennium Development Goals.”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General