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Health & Wellness
World Water Day -- Making basic changes to improve health

By William Lin and Joy Marini, Directors, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions

Clean water. In our comfortable lives, we don’t give much thought to how precious and scarce clean water and sanitation are in developing nations. Yet – one in eight people globally do not have access to safe water supplies.  The result is heartbreaking. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are filled by children and adults suffering from a water-related disease.

Last month – to mark World Water Day (March 22) – two of our partners, water.org and Children Without Worms, added their voice to the global coalition working every day to expand access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene education, and tools that are improving the health of children and families, who are sickened by bacteria and other preventable infections from unsafe water.
Water.org is a global organization empowering families to buy household water connections, toilets, sinks, tubewells, and rainwater harvesting through WaterCredits.

Children Without Worms (CWW) uses a school-based approach to reach the world’s most at-risk children with hygiene education and to administer Johnson & Johnson’s donation of mebendazole – a drug that kills intestinal worms in young people, who may not have access to clean water or basic sanitation. Since 2007, CWW has reached more than 20 million children in eight countries with mebendazole treatments.  As a part of our ongoing commitment to advance the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, Johnson & Johnson plans to increase our mebendezole donations and reach children in 30-40 countries in the next few years.

Each day these organizations work tirelessly, embodying our mission and working to make life-changing, long-term differences in the health of the global community.  You can learn more about their efforts by reading our posts linked above.