Water, water...not a drop to drink.
According to a 2004 study by the Pan American Health Organization, less than half of Haiti’s population has access to potable water and less than third in some rural areas. Proctor and Gamble’s development of an inexpensive and easy to use product that purifies water will save countless lives.
The United Nations Development Programme estimated in 2004 that 38,000 children under the age of five die every year in Haiti, and that twenty percent of the deaths are the result of Diarrhea from drinking contaminated water.
This grant could save the lives of hundreds of children and moreover, illustrates the importance of clean drinking water to public health. Potable water is often overlooked as a fundamental aspect of development, and there is hope that this product will not only save countless lives, but will also draw needed attention to its importance to world health.
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