Freddie Nathan is a final year History student at the University of York. As well as writing for the Independent, he has been heavily involved with award-winning student newspaper York Vision, as well as various other publications. A football nerd who will be training to become a journalist upon graduation in July 2013.
Ask most people what the second biggest global pathogen killer is after HIV/AIDS and few will know. The answer is tuberculosis. Nine million people a year contract the airborne bug while a further 1.4 million die from it. Meanwhile, one quarter of HIV/AIDS fatalities actually die from TB.
It is fair to say that in the western world we take water for granted. At home, one can turn on the tap, pour themselves a glass of tap water, and even leave it running without fear that the flow might stop.