Water & Health

Water & Health

Key Facts

Curious little boy
2 million people are affected by water-related diseases worldwide; most of them are children under 5 years.1
Women in India
½ the world’s population is at risk of being infected by malaria. 2
Village children playing in a canal
Approximately 90% of cases occur in Africa where malaria is most intense. 3


Photos: 1- Sanjini de Silva, 2- IWMI , 3- Karen Conniff


1. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/events/press_backgrounder/en/
2. Kibret, S.; McCartney, Matthew; Lautze, Jonathan; Jayasinghe, G. 2009. Malaria transmission in the vicinity of impounded water: evidence from the Koka Reservoir, Ethiopia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 39p. (IWMI Research Report 132)
3. International Water Management Institute.(IWMI). Dams and malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute(IWMI).8p. (IWMI Water Policy Brief 34).