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Simavi kicks off its ‘drinking water week’ 2014 by sounding the gong


To mark the start of Simavi’s ‘drinking water week’, Merijn Everaarts, founder of Dopper, will open the market.

Safe drinking water is a necessity when it comes to living a healthy life. However,  there are still 780 million people in the world who do not have access to safe drinking water. Waterborne diseases caused by unclean or polluted drinking water are amongst the most deadly diseases. Diarrhoea alone is fatal to as many as 2.2 million people annually, most of them pregnant women and children under 5.

People in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia often spend most of their days fetching water and caring for sick family members. If safe drinking water would be available to them, they could spend this time going to school or working to support themselves, their families and their community. This way they would have equal opportunities to make the most of their lives.

Simavi strives for a world in which basic health is accessible to all. Therefore, Simavi, together with its partners, organises a number of events  - the national collection week, the sponsor event Walking for Water and the DopperRun© - for safe drinking water in the week close to World Water Week, 22 March.

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