In Zambia about 4.8 million people are living without clean water and 6.6 million do not have access to sanitation facilities such as toilets and waste disposal facilities. Recent evidence shows that diarrhoeal diseases which are associated with poor water and sanitation occur in about 26% of children in Zambia. This has negative effects on the nutrition status of children particularly in the first 1000 most critical days of a child's life. The present scenario shows that Zambia needs to accelerate its efforts in addressing issues of water, sanitation and hygiene if it is to save the lives of many children, increase economic growth and to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

 

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