Smiling boy in school in Kenya on a deworming dayFriday 22 March marked World Water Day 2013. Improving access to safe water and hygiene is significant for making progress towards reducing poverty, through achieving global health standards and improving food security. Without access to properly sanitized water communities are also more exposed to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

In many developing regions, key water resources harbor the parasite that causes the NTD, schistosomiasis, a disease more commonly found in children, which negatively impacts on their health, school attendance and learning abilities.