Did you know that diarrhea kills more children than Aids or malaria? Diarrhea is a serious issue in developing countries.
Because human feces can carry 50 communicable diseases, they are an efficient weapon of mass destruction. Half of the hospital beds in sub-Saharan Africa are filled with people suffering from what are generally known as water-related diseases.
Clean water supplies are only part of the solution. Solutions need to include more sanitary systems, vaccines for rotavirus as a standard for children in the developing world, and less open defecation. Author Rose George emphasizes that sanitation is the most cost-effective disease prevention tool we have.