Chrysotile and post-covid: Helping the most vulnerable

In its September 2020 edition, the prestigious British medical scientific publication The Lancet, on the occasion of this year’s World Water Week (August 24-28) conference, draws its spotlights on the urgent need for a serious and responsible intervention in order to help emerging countries build sanitary and drinking water infrastructure.

Held in Stockholm, the virtual conference gathered scientists, business leaders, policy makers and civil society representatives. In its article, The Lancet recalls that a decade ago, the UN General Assembly had adopted Resolution 64/292, which recognizes that all humans have the right to acceptable, accessible, safe and sufficient water.

Since then, it seems that little progress has been made. In fact, a study covering 88 low- and middle-income countries reveals a rather grim picture, namely on the number of diarrhoeal deaths in children under 5 years old that could be attributed to the lack of safe water facilities. The COVID-19’s very detrimental impacts have only added to those deplorable situations.

Chrysotile is among the affordable solutions accessible to emerging countries who want to build much needed water and sanitation infrastructures – as well as rooftops – to give their populations decent living and sanitary conditions. Chrysotile is a natural fibre whose exceptional qualities and efficiency have been widely recognized. It has been demonstrated that it can be used in a safe and responsible way, both in terms of workers’ health and the environment.

International Chrysotile Association 

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