Thursday, February 9, 2012

Clean water's bang for development buck

One million children die from drinking unclean water every year. ...

A World Health Organization study estimates that the availability of clean water in a rural village reduces infant mortality by 35 to 50 percent, at a cost of roughly $10 per person per year. Because infant mortality rates in the poorest countries often range from 60 to 110 per 1,000 live births, the cost of saving a child's life by providing clean water alone may lie in the range of only $180 to $400. To development economists, cheap-plus-effective is an endearing combination.
--Bruce Wydick, Christianity Today, on what might work better than fair-trade coffee