Global & Disaster Medicine

In Venezuela, a crumbling economy and the collapse of even basic state infrastructure means drinking water is risky


  • “….Venezuela’s current rate of infant mortality from diarrhea, which is closely related to water quality, is six times higher than 15 years ago, according to the World Health Organization…..”
  • “…..In the latest study, 40 samples were taken from the capital’s main water systems and tested for bacteria and for chlorine, which keeps water safe. The study also tested alternative water sources used by city residents during supply outages.  One third of the samples did not meet national norms……”
  • “….Now, the Inter-American Development Bank estimates only 30 percent of Venezuelans have regular access to safe drinking water, compared to 60 percent in 2000. …..”

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