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UN report warns that poor water supply continues to pose major health threat

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:568
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    More than two million people—many of them children—die every year from diarrhoea and a range of other conditions associated with poor water and sanitation, a report from the United Nations has said.

    The first UN world water development report, to be launched on 22 March, argues that one of the biggest threats to health remains lack of water and poor sanitation. It estimates that 1.1 billion people have seen no improvement in their water supplies beyond a basic minimum and that 2.4 billion do not have adequate sanitation. As a result, a million people die of malaria each year, and another two billion people are infected with schistosomes and …

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