World Water Day
The World Water Day 2015 is approaching and on 22nd March, organizations and people from all parts of the world will be coming together to celebrate the momentous occasion. World Water Day is a day that members of the global population dedicate to make a difference to those who suffer because of lack of access to portable water and related water issues. The celebration dates back to 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly set 22 March apart as the first ever water day. Today, organizations with a stake and focus in water issues spearhead celebrations that mark the day by shining the spotlight on myriad issues. Stakeholders have special attention to portable water and hygienic facilities because it is a prerequisite in the global fight against poverty (MDG 1), primary education (MDG 2), child mortality (MDG 4), and maternal health (MDG 5). At IDEAL Public Health and Development Consultancy (IPHDC), we have positioned ourselves and our activities akin to this year's theme - water and sustainable development. It is evident that water is linked to all areas in our lives from human consumption to hygiene and sanitation activities to development initiatives. A child dies every minute because of childhood illnesses that have close links with unsafe water. On the other hand, women spend over 140 million hours a day collecting water from different sources in a day. On a broader perspective, one-ninth of the population does have access to safe water. In a world where 750 million people lack access to clean or safe water, any effort to make water safe for consumption is invited, and that is what we endeavor to do at IDEAL Public Health and Development Consultancy (IPHDC). IDEAL Public Health and Development Consultancy aims at improving the horrid situation through building the capacity of stakeholders in the water sector. With trainings such as Household Water Treatment Technologies, Hygiene Promotion Training of Trainers, and Water Quality Testing. Public Health workers in governmental and non-governmental agencies can improve their capacity concerning improving access to safe water. We are mostly concerned with how over 80% of the population in the Sub-Saharan region, who live in rural areas, can make their water safe. Water quality testing and home based treatment technologies are two areas that can improve access to portable water for the most vulnerable population.