Lack of safe water, poor sanitation killing more children in Africa

Mwanza helps Wilkson pump water in Nkhoma after the launch

Lack of safe water, poor sanitation and health facilities are causing more child deaths in developing countries, including Malawi, World Vision Southern Africa Regional Vice President Bruce Wilkson has said.
“Statistics show that two-thirds of child deaths in developing countries are related to lack of safe water, sanitation and health issues. Actually, about 88 percent deaths are for diarrheal, 55 percent pneumonia and 47 percent for neonatal deaths,” said Wilkson during the launch Southern Africa Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Lilongwe.

In Malawi, a latest UNICEF report says that Malawi will not be able to attain the 2015 MDG target to halve sanitation.

The dire situation has attracted many philanthropists to help in the water sector. US pop star Madonna, is one of the famous personalities who has worked with the UN millennium villages initiative in Malawi to drill boreholes.