Since 28 July 2010, the UN has declared access to clean water and sanitation a Human Right.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 319 million people still don’t have access to safe drinking water while 695 millions don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities. This lack of structures has adverse health impacts as water, sanitation, hygiene and health are closely related.
Morija is involved in the rural areas of Burkina Faso because the gaps and needs of those populations concerning access to drinking water and sanitation are the most important in these regions.
Morija’s objective is to help reach by 2030 the Sustainable Development Goals set by UN in 2015.
Sustainable Development Goal 6
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
- An estimated 1.5 million children die every year from diarrheal diseases*.
- 88% of diarrheal diseases are caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
- The simple gesture of hand washing can reduce by 45% the number of cases of diarrheal diseases.
“We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.”
Kofi Annan,former United Nations Secretary-General
*Source : Unicef 2015