Poor sanitation, lack of access to clean water, and inadequate personal hygiene are responsible for an estimated 88% of childhood diarrhea in India. Taking action to improve health requires understanding the factors that influence exposure to faecal pathogens and the various pathways in which they are exposed to human beings.
Every year when the monsoons roll along, we are reminded of Mumbai’s sheer lack of effective and well-managed sanitation. And the rampant spread of diseases like dengue and diarrhoea that comes with inefficient sanitation.
Mumbai generates 500 metric tonnes of plastic waste every single day. it’s probably hard to imagine that the plastic waste you generate could potentially be a large contributor to making diarrhoea a killer disease in India. But the staggering numbers tell a different story.
One of the biggest challenges facing India right now is solid waste management. Affecting cleanliness, health, sustainable and ecosystems everywhere, solid waste management needs immediate and urgent government intervention but also a revised perspective from we the people.
Diarrhoea, that slightly embarrassing infection we avoid talking about when we suffer from it! We often consider diarrhoea as something not very serious, yet in India it has become the second biggest killer of children under age five. Around the world annually more than 500000 children under five lose their lives due to severe dehydration caused by diarrhoea.