What are some water stressed countries? Where does GFA World serve?
The WHO and UNICEF list ten water stressed countries, those with the worst drinking water.1 They include:
|Mexico||Bottled water is the primary source of drinking water in Mexico.|
|Congo||The rural areas of Congo suffer the most from water stress. Only 21% of people have access to water in their local community.|
|Pakistan||There is a large gap in resources and hygiene between the rich and poor.|
|Bhutan||Only 1/3 of managed drinking water is clean.|
|Ghana||Sanitation services are very limited in Ghana.|
|Nepal||Open defecation is a major issue in Nepal, creating contaminated water sources.|
|Cambodia||Delivered water is essential to many communities.|
|Nigeria||Fifteen percent of the people still drink from unimproved water sources.|
|Ethiopia||There are wide differences between rural and urban water resources.|
|Uganda||Almost 40% of people travel more than 30 minutes for water.|
GFA World has been committed to helping countries in Asia since 1979, many of which are water stressed, and we recently began serving in Rwanda as well.
- India, the seventh largest economy in the world,2 has over 1.34 billion citizens. An Indian think tank released a comprehensive report on India’s water status. It reported that 200,000 Indians die each year from lack of clean water and 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress.3
- Bangladesh has a fluctuating water situation, due to their monsoon seasons. Even so, the WHO estimates that 60% of the population has unsafe drinking water.
- In Myanmar, it is estimated that 9.7 million people don’t have clean water access.4
- In Nepal, one in ten people lacks clean water.5
- Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in their water supply. Even so, more needs to be done.
2 World Economic Outlook Database. International Monetary Fund. https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2018/02/weodata. Accessed January 24, 2019.
3 NITI Aayog, Composite Water Management Index: A Tool for Water Management, p. 15. June 2018.