Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease
Women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water
1 in 9 people lack access to safe water
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


An estimated 502,000 people die every year from preventable cases of diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water.2


An estimated 280,000 people die every year from preventable cases of diarrhea caused by inadequate sanitation.2


An estimated 297,000 people die every year from preventable cases of diarrhea caused by inadequate hand hygiene.2


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


58% of cases of diarrhea in middle and low-income countries are estimated to be attributable to inadequate drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hand hygiene.2


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References

  1. Estimated with data from UNICEF, WHO 2009 Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done.
  2. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 19, no. 8 (2014): 894 - 905. Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries.
  3. UN Water. (2009). The United Nations World Water Development Report 3, Water in a Changing World.

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