“Getting ahead requires more than drilling water wells” John Oldfield, of Water 2017, a program to educate the government on the importance of creating water development strategies. The overall health and safety of the world relies in the availability and cleanliness of our water systems. In certain countries, the current water sources are being used as a weapon in the act of War. By controlling a locations water source, you essentially control the lives of all of those living in the communities. In the new government strategy, a 70 page report lays out how the Trump administration plans to handle the water sanitation for parts of Africa, the Middle East and Haiti which are the first in line to receive government assistance. These countries rise to the top of the list based off of “need, willingness to work with U.S. partners, and the likelihood that aid will improve health and well-being.” The new government strategy comes as a relief, as the last effort and financial aid records released to the public were in 2015, when five hundred million dollars was given to further develop drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to countries in need. Donald Trump is quoted in the beginning pages of the new plan stating “Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation.” Water sanitation and awareness spans far past the United States. Recently in Ghana, the establishment of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency has targeted areas dealing with the highest water borne diseases while also suffering from the least access to water in their location.
The rising awareness of the dangers brought on by not having access to clean water sources is a matter of global safety. With over six hundred and sixty-three million people still lacking safe and drinkable water these areas are more likely to contract and spread disease on a global scale.
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