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UNICEF calls for better water, sanitation

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As the world marks the World Water Day (March 22), the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) called on governments, societies and people to pay more attention to children by improving drinking water quality and environmental sanitation.

According to the organisation, improving water quality and sanitation will help reduce the child mortality rate and diseases, and enhance equality.

Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Vietnam Representative, said that of the 2,000 children under the age of five that die everyday, 1,800 deaths are caused by diarrhoea - a result of poor water quality and environmental sanitation.

Reducing diarrhoea and the rate of children with worm infections will lower the mortality rate and number of under-nourished children, she added.

UNICEF statistics show that half of all children that die before they reach the age of five are from five countries - India , Nigeria , Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and China . A large percentage of people from these countries endure unsafe water and poor sanitation.

In the last decade, deaths caused by poor water and sanitation has decreased considerably, from 1.2 million in 2000 to 760,000 cases in 2011.-VNA
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