Published on Monday 20 March 2017

For more than 35 years, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been involved, with your support, in the fight against unsafe water in the field of the most severe crises as well as at the level of international institutions. A silent plague that kills 2.6 million people every year, especially children, the first victims of disastrous living conditions.

Humanitarian aid is primarily about saving lives by meeting the vital needs of the most vulnerable populations. Drinking, eating, sheltering and sanitation are the minimum requirements for survival in war and disaster situations. In these contexts, most often chaotic, emergency is the access of relief workers to populations at risk. Drinking water is the number one priority on a daily basis.

Water kills 7,500 people every day

But water can become a deadly trap if contaminated. It causes waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, and so on. In poor countries in crisis, water is often unsafe and contaminated. An estimated 2.6 million people die each year from waterborne disease. That is some 7,500 deaths per day, including 5,000 children under the age of five. A massacre.

2 billion people drink contaminated water

Unsafe water kills more than wars, AIDS and cancer, meaning the danger is real. There is a real emergency to take action and to save lives. This is the mission that we set ourselves at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, by increasing wherever we intervene, the access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the populations that are deprived.
Today, nearly 2 billion people drink contaminated water. 2.5 billion still do not have access to toilets and 946 million defecate in the open air. This is a huge public health challenge, especially in poor countries that are facing a crisis.
Drinking water for all, an ambitious goal
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in which it finally gives water a significant role and a goal: universal access to drinking water by 2030. To achieve this ambitious goal, to which SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL fully subscribes, it is now necessary to mobilize all the players, a strong political will and funding with the stakes involved, to not leave any country behind.
We will work closely together to ensure that states have the necessary means to put an end to this deadly plague and absolute injustice.

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