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The global health issue that I would like to discuss is having clean drinking water and safe sanitation for people in the third world countries. When I go back home to India, we still have to boil the water because it is unsafe to drink. We have to buy bottle water and check the caps to make sure it has not been tampered with before buying it. Also, most of the poor people do not have safe sanitation areas. Many of middle-class Indian people is obtaining toilets but it is expensive and unaffordable to the poor people.

According to CDC (2015), across the world over 780 million people do not have access to drinking water supplies. An estimated 2.5 billion people in the world, lack access to adequate sanitation. Every year, diarrhea diseases kill over 801,000 young children all over the world. These children who have diarrheal diseases die are more than with AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Diarrhea and other diseases are spread through unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practices. According to CDC (2015), diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five years old. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of deaths from diarrheal diseases stem from unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015), has a program called WASH. The program assists people in third world countries who have unsafe drinking water and reduce illnesses by providing and improving sanitation and hygiene. CDC’s global WASH program provides expertise and interventions aimed at saving lives and reducing illness by improving global access to healthy and safe water, adequate sanitation, and improved hygiene. The WASH program works on long-term prevention and control measures for improving health, reducing poverty, and improving socio-economic development. Also WASH program, responds to global emergencies and outbreaks of life-threatening illnesses. CDC’s global WASH program involves partnerships with US government agencies, Ministries of Health, non-governmental agencies, and various international agencies.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases. (2017). CDC and the safe water system. Retrieved from safewater/