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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good morning, Excellency Nasir Ahmad Durrani, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Excellency Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, representatives of the international community, civil servants of Afghanistan, civil society representatives, and all who work to improve access to rural water supply.

We’re glad all of you could be here today to talk little bit about water.

Water Fact #1 -Approximately 1.1 Billion People (1 in 7) Lack Access To Safe Water.

Water Fact #2- The damage and suffering caused by unsafe water is catastrophic.

Every year:

1.1 million people, mostly, children under the age of 5, die from diarrhoeal diseases directly attributable to unclean, unsafe water.

UNICEF estimates that approximately 1,000 children die every day due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of which could be prevented simply through access to clean water. A child dies every 90 seconds from a water-related disease.

Water Fact #3- The primary populations without access to clean water are found in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.


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