Published in: 2008
World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
Prüss-Üstün, A., Bos, R., Gore, F., Bartram, J.
This document summarizes the evidence and information related to water and health in a broad sense - encompassing drinking-water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and the development and management of water resources. It collects the ingredients that support policy decisions, namely the disease burden at stake, the effectiveness of interventions, their costs and impacts, and implications for financing. This summary is part of a larger effort to highlight the role that healthy environments can play in interrupting transmission pathways, preventing disease and reducing the disease burden, at the global, regional and country level. A more comprehensive estimate addressing the total environment suggests that about one quarter of the global disease burden could be prevented by healthier environments.
Prüss-Üstün, A., Bos, R., Gore, F., Bartram, J. (2008). Safer water, better health - Costs, benefits and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health. World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
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