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Global Issues that Public Health MHA Must Tackle

Water is nature’s most viable asset toward continuing life on our planet, although so many people around the world are without sanitary drinking water.  Many African nations have such poor water treatment facilities, or none at all, that diseases run rampant in stagnant water, threatening entire populations.  Other villages are a day’s walk away from any water source, making living conditions unbearable for weeks at a time. Even in the Western world, water issues are becoming some of the most widely debated topics because of the many contaminants which are found in our water, despite extensive filtration techniques.  In addition to this poor filtration system, crumbling pipes are also forcing many states to rely on out-of-state water to get by.  Public Health MHA students study these types of global issues in an effort to produce graduates that can tackle these problems and hopefully develop cost-efficient solutions to in the near future.

As the water crisis moves closer to home for many of us, public health MHA students have compiled significant data indicating that many of us are drinking contaminated water.  While this is no way near to the type of contaminated water that African villages are forced to endure, it is a surprising fact for the epitome of “Western nation”.  Our water supply has previously received global praise because of the vast technological advances in our filtration systems, praise which apparently came too soon.  While national laws require tap water to be safely tested before delivered to residents, scientific research has indicated that 40 million U.S. residents are drinking contaminated water that goes far above the chemical regulations, even containing sewage bacteria.  Further studies have indicated that much of this poor filtration has led to increased amounts of diseases prevalent in communities which lack access to pure drinking water.  It almost seems like our water system is harder to control than the lack of ater systems in Africa.  Implementing change across our 54,700 water systems is no small task.

Public health administrators are burdened with this huge task of developing a better way to filter out the chemicals that are ever-present in our drinking water as well as ensure that sewage water does not find its way into our drinking glasses.  While these problems seem incredibly small compared to Zimbabwe’s ever-present cholera epidemic as a result of inadequate drinking water, without the proper filtration centers to fix our own problems, we cannot implement change in other nations.  Public health students learn how to implement global change on a small scale until we are able to reach international proportions.  Water is the most vital necessity of life, and without it, we will not be able to help other nations grow stronger.  

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