Sunshine Treeshade Humanitarian Charity’s 7th Annual WATER FOR LIFE Festival June 01-08 2014 Edmonton Canada

WATER FOR LIFE FESTIVAL - water and oxygen bubbles image by James Magee Edmonton Canada

Sunshine Treeshade Humanitarian Charity’s 7th Annual WATER FOR LIFE Festival June 01 to June 08 2014 Edmonton Canada (June 05 is World Environment Day, June 08 is World Ocean’s Day, June 1-7 is Canadian Environment Week).

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“Water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths”

Prüss-Üstün A., Bos, R., Gore, F. & Bartram, J. 2008. Safer water, better health: costs, benefits and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health. Adobe PDF file [PDF - 60 pages]External Web Site Icon World Health Organization, Geneva.

“An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.” -
Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE; Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of WHO and UNICEF. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000. Lancet. 2012 Jun 9;379(9832):2151-61.

“Sometimes we focus so much on the big numbers, that we fail to see the human tragedies that underlie each statistic. If 90 school buses filled with kindergartners were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice. But this is precisely what happens every single day because of poor water, sanitation and hygiene.” – Sanjay Wijesekera, global head of UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programme.

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