Safe water equals better health. Members at the recent annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) have taken this equation seriously, announcing their aspirations to improve access to quality water and health care for 8.5 million people across the world.
The commitments in sum totaled over $400 million and extend over the next five years. “Addressing the world water crisis is an immense challenge that requires a partnership of resources and expertise,” said Gary White, executive director and co-founder of WaterPartners — an organization partnered with PepsiCo to provide micro-credit solutions to people in Asia.
According to a CGI press release, the initiative members acknowledge that water is the source of life. “Without clean water and sanitation people get sick, children miss school: the cycle of poverty is perpetuated indefinitely. This crisis will become even more deadly as water scarcity becomes more acute and leads to violent conflicts,” CGI said. Their current focus on water and sanitation responds to this crisis.
Read more about this year’s Clinton Global Initiative commitments here.
Source: Clinton Global Initiative