A Global Challenge: Clean Water
Be Part of the Solution
Now that you know a little bit about the issues surrounding access to clean water, we are asking you to be a part of the solution.
Public health improves lives
As the only college of public health at a Catholic, Jesuit University, we are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service that focuses on improving lives.
Our Master of Public Health degree offers students like you with a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others.
- 780 million people lack access to clean water. That is 1 in 9 of us.
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
- "[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."
Water is a fundamental source of life. Yet, 780 million people currently lack access to clean water. This poor access causes millions of deaths and debilitates economic production.
Lack of clean water is also a gender-equity issue because women often bear the burdens of finding clean water, which leaves women little opportunity to do anything else. Providing clean water is a public health, economic, and social justice issue. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in?
A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start.
What we are doing
SLU public health students recently traveled to Honduras to assist the water infrastructure in the region. Students helped to build a well for a local community during this trip.
The community at the College for Public Health & Social Justice is committed to addressing disparities wherever they are found and to developing innovative ways to make life better for others. Education at SLU is not limited by classroom walls or campus boundaries. SLU students expand their knowledge by engaging the local community, this fulfilling SLU's Jesuit mission of being men and women for and with others.
What our experts say
How would you explain the magnitude of the water crisis?
"'Water is life' for human populations and living things in our world. Population growth and rising income in many countries are putting significant pressure on limited water resources. Also, over one billion people still live without safe drinking water, and over two billion lack adequate sanitation. This leads to diseases especially among vulnerable populations such as children. Almost two million people die every year from intestinal diseases related to unsafe water and poor sanitation, and 3,900 children die everyday from water-borne diseases."
What would you say to a student interested in studying public health to work on the water crisis?
"We can respond to the water crisis with a public health approach that can make a difference. The training in the generation and use of scientific evidence and risk assessment combined with program design and evaluation and knowledge of appropriate policies and regulations will give a student in public health the conceptual tools and competencies needed to understand the challenges of securing safe water for communities. Also, as a Jesuit university, we are called to be part of the tree of life for "the healing of the nations," which is shown in with our commitment to social justice."
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Now that you have learned about the issues of clean water availability, explore our degree programs to learn more about the educational opportunities that we offer that will allow you to help combat these issues.