Safer drinking water and better sanitation could lower disease burden by 9%, says WHOBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a629 (Published 30 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a629
- John Zarocostas
Better access to safe drinking water and improvements in sanitation and hygiene could prevent about 9.1% of the total burden of disease worldwide, or 6.3 % of all deaths, a report from the World Health Organization estimates.
The report, which provides country by country estimates of the prevalence of disease in 192 nations, concludes that 80% of the world’s cases of diarrhoea are attributable to “unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and insufficient hygiene.”
“These result in 1.5 million deaths each year, most being children,” it says.
Moreover, the …