Globally, around 2.4 million deaths (4.2% of all deaths) could be prevented annually if everyone practised appropriate hygiene and had good, reliable sanitation and drinking water. These deaths are mostly of children in developing countries from diarrhoea and subsequent malnutrition, and from other diseases attributable to malnutrition. In this introductory paper to the PLoS Medicine series on water and sanitation, we develop the idea that these basic needs are the forgotten foundations of health.
Bartram, J.; Cairncross, S. Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water: Forgotten Foundations of Health. PLoS Medicine (2010) 7 (11) e1000367. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000367]