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WaterAid welcomes the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign

WaterAid welcomes and supports the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign which has been launched by a coalition of UK NGOs.

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23 Jan 2013 | UKView an event slideshow

WaterAid welcomes and supports the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, which has been launched by a coalition of UK non-governmental-organisations (NGOs) today.

To eliminate extreme poverty, there are many global challenges to be overcome, including ending hunger and under nutrition, and WaterAid continues to work with others to achieve this.

Our goal of getting basic access to water and sanitation to everyone in the world is an essential step to ending hunger and making progress on many other areas such as health, education, and nutrition.

We support the If campaign and wish it every success but, to ensure we retain our focus and effectiveness, we have decided not to be active members at this time.

With 1 in 10 people around the world without clean drinking water and more than 1 in 3 without safe sanitation, WaterAid's focus remains on ensuring that the world's poorest people have access to these essential life saving services.

This determination and drive over more than three decades of work has ensured we had the expertise and experience to reach 1.6 million people with safe water and 1.9 million people with sanitation last year, and has also strengthened our ability to help other international organisations and governments.

We have a duty to think very carefully about how to use the resources entrusted to us by our supporters and which activities and issues we should prioritise to maximise our impact. Our goal of getting basic access to water and sanitation to everyone in the world is an essential step to ending hunger and making progress on many other areas such as health, education, and nutrition.

What are the links between water, sanitation and hygiene and nutrition/hunger?

Child malnutrition remains a significant problem globally. Although the proportion of children under age five that are underweight dropped from 29% in 1990 to 18% in 2010, the world remains off-track to meet the Millennium Development Goals target of halving hunger.

According to the World Health Organisation, repeated diarrhoeal and nematode infections - often caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation - are associated with 50% of childhood malnutrition. Repeated diarrhoeal episodes affect the body's ability to absorb food.

But once these diseases are reduced, this trend is reversed and there is a reduction in malnutrition rates. With nearly 90% of diarrhoea being caused by a lack of safe water and sanitation, it is vital that these services are prioritised so as to help tackle malnutrition. Children who are malnourished are more susceptible to infection through poor quality drinking water or inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid feel that improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene access are essential to break this vicious cycle.

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