A Critical Link: Water and Public Health Facilities

The deficit of water and sanitation infrastructure is a major issue that directly impacts hospitals and clinics – without enough water, disease in the population grows, because of the lack of basic water, sewage and waste disposal services. Combining a semi-arid country like South Africa with rapid urbanization and industrialization, a heavily biased population migration pattern toward the cities and peri-urban suburbs, and the eminent negative impact of climate change – make long-term planning for water security a very complex matter that needs urgent addressing