WaterAid say that the voice of the urban poor must be heard if the water and sanitation crisis is going to be addressed in developing countries. Over the next 30 years, developing countries are predicted to triple their population size and account for 80% of the world’s urban population - the majority of whom will live in improvished slums without access to basic services.
Timeyin Uwejamomere, WaterAid policy officer, says "Lack of access to water and sanitation is proving a major health crisis and is a key contributor to child mortality – which in slums can be up to twice rural figures. Globally, 4,000 children die every day from preventable diseases caused by a lack of safe water and sanitation; an increasing number of whom live in slums.”
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