More funds for water and sanitation would deliver “huge savings in healthcare costs”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 27 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2286
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    United Nations agencies, led by the World Health Organization, are calling on donors to reverse the decline in the share of aid that is earmarked for improving sanitation and safe drinking water.

    Maria Neira, WHO’s director for public health and environment, said, “Neglecting sanitation and drinking water is a strike against progress. Without them, communities and countries will lose the battle against poverty and ill health.”

    Dr Neira said that more aid could reduce by 2.2 million the number of children under 5 years …

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