A child needs fresh water to wash their hands, especially if a lack of plumbing leaves bushes and the sea as the only alternatives to a toilet. Children in Kiribati are well acquainted with these toxic conditions, because they've led to Kiribati having the highest child mortality rate in all of the Pacific.
The only clean, freshwater sources in Kiribati are inaccessible, emergency stashes from cave pools.
Without ready access to clean water or medical facilities, 20% of children under the age of five succumb to conditions like cholera, malaria, and diarrhoeal disease. A quarter of these children are already severely malnourished, making them even more susceptible to illness.
There simply aren't resources to help children recover, nor to prevent diseases from spreading in the first place.
The children in Kiribati need immediate attention. Urge the United Nations to address Kiribati's sanitation and unsustainable water issues immediately!
Kiribati has the highest child mortality rate out of all Pacific nations. Due to unsustainable and limited water resources, children already susceptible to disease have no access to proper sanitation or nutrition.
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I urge you to create plans to increase the country's rainwater harvesting and storage capacity, and to find methods to reserve and utilize groundwater sources.
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