Children who die of "living" water
A person can live without food for up to 8 weeks. Without water allotted period reduced to three days. But what if there is water, but such that under the microscope it is detected as infectious bacteria and other incompatible with life "dirt" that one wonders why the sample has not yet been corroded flask?
The problem of lack of drinking water in third world countries - it is a tragedy that can be equated to the natural genocide. In Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Madagascar and other countries poor sanitation leads to contamination of water, which later become a cause of epidemics.
The hardest part has to recently delivered women and their children. Project Deliver Life Water Aid charity aims to provide newborns with safe drinking water. Until February 10 held a fundraiser worldwide. The Foundation hopes to raise money to support 130,000 families - for that one made a donation to the organization doubled by the United Kingdom Government.
Any charity campaign held in public. Not only on volunteers to help raise money and provide for the family, but also on the stories of those who have already received assistance. Perhaps a few stories about Deliver Life characters will make you if you do not make a donation to this particular fund, then just do something good and useful.
Obstetrician Daniel. Tanzania
Daniel works in Kiomboi hospital - there often is not enough clean water, not only to maintain the premises and equipment at least at the minimum purity, but also banal to drink or to wash the patients and their kids. Cranes in the wards do not work. Every day, the obstetrician is faced with the seemingly absurd challenge: to leave the hospital and go to fetch water or to continue to take care of the patients who need constant supervision. "The worst thing - when I stay on duty alone, and many patients. No cranes, water, too - sometimes I can not wash your hands, and it is a high risk of infection, "- says Daniel.
Daniel and his colleagues know that the most important thing - the sterility of laundry and medical equipment. But most often it is completely unattainable conditions.
"When I first saw that the infant died of sepsis, I wept. I had to ask colleagues to tell his mother. It was my first tour of duty. "
The reason why Daniel was the obstetrician, is simple: to help pregnant and recently delivered women, he believes helps his entire nation.
Khadija - the mother who lost her son. Tanzania
Khadija lives with her grandmother. At two they share a small brick house in the Tanzanian village Misnigiri. When Khadija first became pregnant, she was extremely happy and excited.
"We went to the hospital, and I told the bus driver that give birth. He brought me right to the door of the hospital, without stopping, "- says Khadija.
The grandmother Khadija had the most to look for water to wash the newborn great-grandson and his mother. The only option was a local river.
"The water was dirty and smelled like cow urine. But another option I did not. When we returned home, everything was fine, but the next day my son had a fever, he was constantly crying. At night my Kefasi died of sepsis. "
Alinaf, who was afraid to go into the shower. Malawi
Alinaf gave birth to her son Boyson Center Simulemby health. The boy was born two weeks early and was a surprise not only for the mother but also for his father Bernard. "I came to the hospital to bring Alinaf some personal belongings. And there found his son! I was so happy, "- says Bernard.
Midwives in Simulembe take about 90 births each month. And all this without clean water and completely unsanitary conditions. "I was scared - says Alinaf. - Many died in the hospital due to lack of hygiene. "
Desk at the Center, which hosted the postrodovuyu rehabilitation Alinaf, - four brick cabins with no roof. Instead of doors - from clothes curtains patients themselves. Earth walls, the water flowing from the tap - all dirty. Some mothers bring water relatives. They take it from a common source, in the queue to which there are clocks. It is the only water-pressure valve on the 2,000 local residents.
Uchiya, which is the eighth month of pregnancy, every day brings on himself 20 liters of water. Ethiopia
Uchiya - an incredibly strong woman. Now she is eight months pregnant, and every day she has to overcome a distance of several miles on a completely impassable places. She walks to the local river to fetch water, because the other source in the village no. And even there, the water is not safe, but Uchii no choice.
"Go hits the dirt road is very slippery. Now I walk slowly, but still sometimes fall. " Every day Uchiya returns home on the rocks, carrying on his back the 20-liter canister with water.
"Sometimes we go to fetch water at night, and the water is full of leeches. Some people can drink along with water, and then they attach themselves to the throat or stomach. It's very hard, "- she said.
Marian, who had given birth, laying water pipes. Madagascar
The first three children Marian gave birth at home in unhygienic conditions and without access to clean water. Angelo was born at the hospital where Marian helped to install toilets and water pipes.
Now, Angelo turned one year old. It looks and feels great, and Marian knows why: "He was lucky. Unlike older children, Angelo had access to clean drinking water. It is much healthier them. "
Today, the situation is gradually improving: Water Aid collects money, which is carried out the installation of water pipes, cleaning and sanitation systems. However, in many countries the water - this is still a luxury. What it seems to savagery, for these families daily tragedy for us. Maybe it's time to clean up their act ?! And the point is not only to help people suffering from a lack of clean fresh water today. Another goal is no less important - to do everything to the tragedy of the 37 countries did not become a tragedy the whole world.