Water & Health

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


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).

Photo credit: Sanjini De Silva, Edward Chuma, Sharni Jayawardena

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