As part of Handle With Care Internationalâs commitment to sustainable health solutions for impoverished communities, in August 2011, we took water samples from one particular community to discover how contaminated (if at all) the water was that they were using in their cooking, cleaning and every day life. While we were expecting to see some contaminants â what we found shocked us.
Water is essential for human life, yet 1.2 billion people (one-fifth of the world) don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water1. Some 6,000 people die each day from water related diseases2. It is a crisis that is experienced by the poor and is holding back human development around the world.