Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease
Women and children spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
More than 2.5x more people lack water than live in the United States
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet
For every $1 spent on water and sanitation there is a $4 economic return

Diarrhea is more prevalent throughout the developing world largely due to the lower levels of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, along with poorer overall health, hygiene, and nutritional status.1


It is estimated that in the 1980s a child died approximately every six seconds from diarrhea1


Half of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.4


It is estimated that nearly 10% of the global disease burden could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management.3


88% of global cases of diarrhea is estimated to be attributable to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.5


90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries.2


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References

  1. Estimated with data from Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009
  2. UN Water. (2008). Tackling a global crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008.
  3. UN Water. (2009). The United Nations World Water Development Report 3, Water in a Changing World.
  4. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). (2006). Human Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis.
  5. World Health Organization (WHO). (2002). The World Health Report 2002, Reducing Risks, Promoting Health Life.

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