Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Global minute: water and health – walking for water and water wars


Water is a precious commodity and needs to be conserved. Water plays an important role in daily life: in sustenance of life, sanitation and food production. Scarcity of water may lead to water wars among water-stressed nations. Therefore, there is a need for development of democratic principles among nations to assure free access to water to one and all. In view of the fact that lack of access to clean water affects health and infant mortality gap. Great importance is given to improve water resources in the communities (Millennium Development Goal # 7). As professionals entrusted with the health of mother and child, we must strive to improve access to potable clean water to communities in underdeveloped countries.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1
Figure 2


  1. Abdel Darwish Geneva Conference on Environment and Quality of Life, 1994 June. of water scarce countries in 1955, 7. In: 1990: 13 were added, another 10 by 2025, total of 18 will face severe shortage.


  3. Bouman BAM, Tuong TP . Growing rice with less water, equivalent of 2 to three Olympic size water pools to grow one ton of rice. (5/23/06)

  4. The Dublin statement on water and sustainable development, 1992.

  5. Rural woman walking the IFAD. International Fund for Agricultural Development.

  6. Water Partners International Fact Sheet.

  7. David C, Grant M . The role of public health improvements in health advances: the twentieth-century United States. Demography 2005; 42(1): 1–22.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Harold G . McGree. Am J Public Health 1920; 10: 585–587.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Public Health Investments and the Infant Mortality Gap. Evidence from Federal Sanitation Interventions on US Indian Reservations.

  10. Water Wars . Privatization, Pollution, and Profit. South End Press: Cambridge MA, 2002.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to D Vidyasagar.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Vidyasagar, D. Global minute: water and health – walking for water and water wars. J Perinatol 27, 56–58 (2007).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


  • water
  • health
  • IMR
  • water wars
  • sanitation

This article is cited by


Quick links