Polluters Get Dirtier
Nations: Every Day 5,500 Children Die From Diseases Caused
By Polluted Food And Water
NATIONS (AP) _ Every day 5,500 children die as a result
of consuming polluted water and food, with those under
5 years old the most vulnerable, according to a U.N. study
billion people, or one-sixth of the world's population,
do not have access to clean drinking water, said the study
prepared by three U.N. agencies.
appalling, 2.4 billion people lack access to even a simple
latrine, said the report, ``Children in the New Millennium.''
are healthier (today). There is more access to clean water,
but these disturbing figures show we have barely started
to address the problem,'' said Carol Bellamy, executive
director of the United Nations Children's Fund.
respiratory infections, the greatest killer of children
is diarrhea, carrying off 2 million a year, the vast majority
in the poorest countries, said the study by UNICEF, the
World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment
examples of food and water-borne diseases include cholera,
typhoid, polio and roundworm.
in developing countries are some 13 times more likely
to die before they reach their fifth birthday than their
counterparts in developed countries,'' it said.
of global diseases are caused by eating tainted food,
drinking unclean water and breathing polluted air. Forty
percent of those getting such diseases are children under
5, or 600 million children, the study said.
in developing countries are some 13 times likely to die
before they reach their fifth birthday than their counterparts
in developed countries,'' it said.
140-page report, focusing on how a degraded environment
of children work in agriculture, puting them at the risk
of pesticide poisoning, the report said.
sanitary can conditions be when 90 children are sharing
one toilet, or when half of the toilets are not functioning,''
the study asked.