1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

Water Borne Disease Facts & Their Effects Around The World

Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. With access to safe water and sanitation, children can live fuller, heathier lives.

Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.1

Water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.1

Water, sanitation and hygiene related disease kills nearly 1 million people each year.1

160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition linked to water and sanitation.1

Diarrhea is the 3rd leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related.1

In low and middle-income countries, 1/3 of all healthcare facilities lack a safe water source.1

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  1. World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2015) Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.

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