Dirty water kills. In fact a lack of clean water is one of the biggest health challenges facing Africa today. More than 25,000 people die every day because of water-borne disease. Up to half the region's population at any one time suffers from diseases related to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
Every 15 seconds, a child dies because of diseases carried through unsafe drinking water or caused by poor sanitation. More than 288 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to improved drinking water sources, and more than 437 million lack access to improved sanitation.
In order for HIV-infected people to remain healthy and avoid infections, access to clean drinking water and improved hygiene and sanitation practices are of the utmost importance.
But with water filters, tap stands and tanks to supply water to 1,000 people a day, Oxfam has the solution that saves lives.
Give the gift of safe water through Oxfam. Visit the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gifts scheme. It can all be done quickly and easily online - just visit the Oxfam Unwrapped website for more details.