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A few words about clean water, sanitation, food, and cookstoves

One of the first things anyone trying to make a positive difference in the developing world learns is that the lack of clean water and sanitation causes over half of the illness, disease, and premature death in many countries. Lack of sanitary facilities kills over twice as many as lack of clean water. Lack of food kills 3.5 million children annually. Sometimes there are lesser-known significant problems, such as lack of clean cooking stoves, that have major impacts on health. The World Health Organization says that cookstove problems cause twice as many deaths as malaria. The September 2017 National Geographic Magazine noted that “some three billion people worldwide cook their food and heat their homes with open or barely contained fire which produce about 400 cigarettes worth of smoke an hour.” Material in this category may give you some ideas for helping.

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