Publication Date

4-26-2012

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Health Promotion: Clinical Track

Primary Subject Area

Education, Health; Health Sciences, General; Health Sciences, Health Care Management; Health Sciences, Public Health

Keywords

Water Crisis, Third World Countries

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

People living in third world countries are suffering from a water crisis that has become a major global health issue. Water is essential for life—not only for the body’s physical needs but also for domestic use; yet millions of people do not have access to potable water. The lack of available clean water contributes to numerous waterborne and water-washed diseases, causing the death of millions of people annually and hindering the development of communities. This paper will explore the problems of obtaining potable water and present solutions at individual and community levels that can help solve the water crisis in third world countries.