In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. In 2015, the day is marked around the world as an opportunity to celebrate water and make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues.
This year, the theme of World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, shining a spotlight on how water links to all areas of life:
“Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.”
In the world of healthcare, water is essential. Water is vital both for the human body and for proper sanitation, including hand-washing. Unfortunately, as with many parts of the world, water is hard to come by for people in our area, many traveling great distances everyday to fill buckets.
Here at Sagam Community Hospital, we are working hard to improve water resources for both our hospital and the surrounding area. Plans are underway to secure a reliable and consistent source of water on our own hospital grounds. Check back soon for more details!
For more information on World Water Day, visit the official UN World Water Day website. Be sure to take the World Water Day Quiz to see how much you know about water and sustainable development!