The Major Cause Of Poor Sanitation In Haiti

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Sanitation has been, and still is a major problem in many countries, including Haiti. Although sanitation has always been an issue, major events such as the earthquake in 2010 made this problem much worse (National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine). The lack of sanitation causes many problems that affect the health and well-being of the people of Haiti. The largest problem caused by the lack of sanitation is the spread of diseases, which has been a major problem for Haiti for many years. In this paper, I will be discussing the major causes of poor sanitation in Haiti and comparing the conditions in Haiti in the past (anything before 2010) and the present (2010 and beyond). Poor sanitation in Haiti is caused by many different factors. First, most of the water in Haiti is unclean (The World Bank). This is because the people of Haiti do not have access to their own water supply, which means they bathe in rivers and public water areas (The World Bank). Because multiple people are bathing in the same water, the water is not truly clean, nor is it cleaning the people (The World Bank). Instead, it is a major source of disease transmission between different people (The World Bank). Second, the lack of bathrooms plays a huge role in the poor sanitation conditions in Haiti. Most of the people living in Haiti do not have a bathroom, which means they are forced to go to the bathroom somewhere outside in the environment. Because of the human
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