The world’s water situation is dire. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean water—that’s almost one in four people. Four million people die of water-related diseases each year. Diarrhea is the second largest cause of child mortality in the world and kills up to 1,600 people a day. As a result of unsafe water, diarrhea and upper respiratory infections kill 3.5 million children under the age of 5.
World Water Day is in less than two weeks, and this issue focuses on the challenges of providing clean water and quality healthcare to those who need it most.
WHO estimates that out-of-pocket, point-of-care expenditures account for more than 70% of healthcare spending in India. This can continue the cycle of poverty.
Read more about Arogya Parivar, a rural healthcare business catering to the bottom of the pyramid. This is one initiative aiming to solve that problem. Currently, the program reaches 50 million rural Indians with plans to expand to 350 million in the next 10 years.
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