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Solving Sub-Saharan Africa's Water Crisis

By Features Desk

Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Africa is an enormous continent that is home to roughly 1.2 billion people and is made up of 55 countries.. Access to clean and safe drinking water is limited in the sub-Saharan region, but there are plenty of movements and organisations that seek to bring potable water to the entire continent. A lack of water is one of the leading reasons why Africa as a continent is suffering. Poverty is an epidemic that is causing ethnic conflicts, climate change and even political instability, and people often overlook the fact there is a lack of drinking water which can contribute to these problems

Around 319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have reliable access to potable water. It’s also one of the regions in the world that are in most need of water, both for the purpose of drinking but also development. In these areas, drinking water is a luxury and poverty is something you are born into and forced to accept for the rest of your life. Many schools in the region don’t have access to water or sanitation facilities either, and less than one in three people even have access to a proper toilet.

So it begs the question; what can the rest of the world do to help solve this issue of poverty and water?

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Solutions to Assist Sub-Saharan Africa

Many of the solutions to solve the water crisis involve people. Whether it’s creating new jobs or meeting needs, people are at the heart of most projects that seek to bring clean water to these areas of the world. There’s a popular saying that goes “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” and it couldn’t be any more true for Sub-Saharan Africa’s current state.

It’s possible to just load plenty of water bottles and barrels and ship them off to the continent, but it’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem. What these regions need is not only the technology and hardware required to treat and clean water but also the knowledge to do so autonomously without intervention in the future. Whether it’s water quality testing equipment from Xylemanalytics or a simple water pump that is used to bring clean water into a village, it’s important that we invest in solutions that can eventually solve the crisis.

Donating and Charity

One of the most common ways to assist is to support the charities, projects and movements that are devoted to solving the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. By donating money, you can contribute from the comfort of your own home and participate in solving one of the world’s most concerning humanitarian problems.

Without clean water, it’s impossible to do many of the things that we take for granted. It’s hard to build housing, you can’t be healthy, you can’t grow food and hygiene can’t be a concern. If there is no access to clean water then breaking out of poverty becomes almost impossible. However, by raising awareness and helping in whatever way you can, it’s possible to completely solve this crisis and bring clean water to millions on the continent.

Solving Sub-Saharan Africa's Water Crisis

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