Thursday, 14 October 2010

Bloggers worldwide call for real action on water and poverty.

Thousands of people around the world are writing blog posts on water issues today for Blog Action Day. And many will be writing about the devastating consequence of the water crisis on poverty.

Impact

With diarrhoea killing more children every year than AIDS, malaria and TB (UN), and recently being named as the biggest killer of children under five in Africa (WHO), the world simply cannot stand by and allow this horrifying situation continue.

Water insecurity has multiple effects: having to walk long distances to fetch clean water keeps children out of school and stops women being able to take part in employment, while waterborne diseases and illnesses caused by poor hygiene place huge burdens on overstretched health systems – half of hospital beds in Africa are taken by diarrhoeal patients.

Clara, a midwife from Zambia, talks about the struggles faced by pregnant women and child patients, “It’s very sad these women have to drink dirty water, because it causes infections and complications for the baby. In the children’s ward, we see lots of diarrhoea. The mothers say it is due to poor water and sanitation. They draw their water from shallow wells, some from the small rivers, from the streams”.

Clara, a midwife working in Zambia. Credit: WaterAid/Anna Kari

Global Action

So, how are we working to end the crisis? As a campaign coalition, we call for governments to get clean water and safe sanitation to their citizens.

One way to catalyse this process is the recently formed Sanitation and Water for All initiative (SWA) - a global partnership between donors, developing countries, multilaterals and civil society bodies.

The SWA aims to link up aid with developing country plans that to ensure that people get access to these most basic services. Our website has more information.

It’s a major achievement of the End Water Poverty campaign that the SWA has been established, but we still need to push world leaders to act with urgency and move forward with is process to make it truly effective and far reaching.

We all have a part to play – you included!

End Water Poverty is focused on supporting our members working worldwide to keep on lobbying their national leaders, which contributes to strong international action against the crisis. If you’re a non-profit organisation, think about joining us.

Individuals also can take part. Sign our pledge, join us on facebook, follow us on twitter and take part in campaign actions.

To coincide with Blog Action Day, we are launching ‘The World Walks for Water’, an exciting new campaign for World Water Day 2011.

It will be a global event where thousands of people will take part in 6km walks to demand that global leaders ensure real change, keeping promises made in previous years and working towards clean water and sanitation for all.

You can organise a walk, join a planned walk, or find out more about the campaign at www.worldwalksforwater.org. We look forward to having you involved!

Get involved…today!

We also encourage you to take part in Blog Action Day – it’s not too late. Register your blog and write about the water crisis. We need to get the word out there that 4000 children are dying needlessly every day – and let me tell you, words matter.

Words matter because they can spread far and wide. They can reach the minds of great thinkers who can help find solutions to end the crisis. To people in power who have the resources to end the crisis. And to people everywhere who can stand up to their governments and demand their action.

This has been a silent crisis to date, and Blog Action Day is helping us to create and share the words and demands to end it. Join us!

5 comments:

Corve DaCosta said...

This is such an important issue

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lionsclubsorg said...

Wonderful post for #BAD2010! Our members are also working to provide clean water in Mali: http://lionsclubsorg.wordpress.com/

Karen E. Lund said...

I participated in Blog Action Day for Water, too. Reading other posts has taught me a lot already.... and there's more to come.

http://circleofignorance.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/blog-action-day-water/

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