Grim Statistics Point to "World's Greatest Scandal"
Annually, 1.4 million children die from diarrheal diseases associated with poor sanitation.
STOCKHOLM, August 15—During World Water Week (August 17-23), some 2,500 experts from all over the world will gather in Stockholm in hopes of ending what some are calling “the world’s greatest scandal,” the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Sadly, every year, 1.4 million children die from diarrheal diseases associated with poor sanitation.
Though the statistics are grim, there are viable solutions to sanitation problems, many of which are based in chlorine chemistry. As an active ingredient in wastewater treatment chemicals and household cleaners, chlorine plays a major role in defeating the germs responsible for the spread of infectious diseases. Chlorine-based disinfectants are used around the globe to help purify drinking water, a major factor in eradicating serious water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid fever.
“Experts tell us that worldwide, eighty-eight percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. By 2015, the global community plans to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. To help achieve this goal, the World Chlorine Council (WCC) has partnered with various organizations to support sustainable water initiatives. These projects employ cost-effective materials such as chlorine disinfectants and PVC pipes to help prevent diseases, improve quality of life and promote sustainable development around the globe,” said Arseen Seys, WCC Managing Director.
Chlorine chemistry provides thousands of products that contribute to global progress toward meeting the needs of world’s poorest people through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Through its role in healthcare, food safety and sanitation, chlorine chemistry can help reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat disease and ensure sustainability.
About World Water Week
World Water Week in Stockholm is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programs in water and development. For more information, visit http://www.worldwaterweek.org/.
About the World Chlorine Council
The World Chlorine Council (WCC) is a global network representing more than 23 national and regional associations within the chlorine industry. The WCC was formed in 1993 to improve awareness of the benefits of chlorine chemistry, further the practice and understanding of responsible stewardship and anticipate and respond to relevant health, environmental and public policy issues. Through stewardship, research and advocacy, WCC works to ensure that the products and applications of chlorine chemistry continue to be regarded by policymakers and the public as sustainable and commercially viable. For more information on the WCC, visit www.worldchlorine.org.