A team of researchers have, in their new study, found that many newborns and mothers are now falling prey to a number of health issues occurring due to the lack of sanitation facilities and poor water arrangements, especially while giving birth.
It is estimated that around 40% of the health facilities located in 54 different underdeveloped countries in the world do not have access to clean water. What’s more, sanitation is often overlooked in poor countries despite its known connection to health.
In many areas of the world, sanitation and disposal of water is being ignored, and safe practises such as hand washing and personal hygiene is ignored.
Yael Velleman, at WaterAid, said: “We have known since Victorian times about the importance of clean water and good hygiene at birth. Yet today tens of thousands of mothers will be giving birth in places where doctors and midwives, if present, do not have access to clean water. The process of giving life should not mean unduly risking death. As governments work to help women and their babies survive childbirth, they must not neglect these basic building blocks of health care.”
The researchers also found that less than one-third of the births in Tanzania have access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities. In the year 2013, one in every 44 women in the country died during childbirth. The researchers speculate that this condition is not just prevalent in Tanzania, but many other countries of the world as well.
Infection-related deaths are very much preventable, and access to basic toilets and clean water, and following good sanitation practises is a simple way to handle it.
“Our hope is these findings will guide future work on UN development goals and make the provision of these services a priority, when trying to improve the health of new mothers and their babies,” Lenka Benova, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said.