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Background on Water for the World Act


The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009, was introduced in March by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

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Water for the World: Over 30,000 Strong!

In just 24 hours, over 30,000 of you have signed our petition asking senators to support the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009!
Help keep the momentum going by asking your friends and family to join this campaign to provide millions with first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation.

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TAKE ACTION: Water for 100 Million

Senators Durbin and Corker have introduced S. 624, The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009, a bipartisan bill to provide 100 million people with access to clean water. But with only five cosponsors, the bill isn’t getting the attention it needs for further action by Senate leaders. It must have at least 20 cosponsors to move forward.

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Fatal Neglect

The southern African country of Zambia boasts a population of just 12 million people. But every year we bear a phenomenal loss of life due to a preventable cause - diarrhea. The annual death toll of children under five from diarrhea in my country is a staggering 14,000.
The reason: lack of political will to give priority to diarrhea and its environmental causes, such as lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation.

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Introducing the Water for the World Act

Two new reports out this week by WaterAid and PATH remind us what we have shamefully forgotten: diarrhea is the second biggest killer of children worldwide. This is a wake-up call because even those of us in the international development field have pretty much neglected the fact that diarrhea is still fatal in many parts of the world. It kills 1.6 million children each year.

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