Lack of access to proper Water, Sanitation and Hygiene supplies and facilities around the world is significant. But there is hope!
W.A.S.H. (WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE) STATS
Malnutrition, due to dirty water, inadequate sanitation, and hygiene, is estimated to lead to death in 2,350 children under the age of five each day. (World Health Organization)
It is estimated that nearly 10% of the global disease burden could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management. (UN Water)
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. (UNICEF, WHO)
Hand washing with soap could protect about 1 out of every 3 young children who get sick with diarrhea and almost 1 out of 6 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia.
UNICEF estimates that diarrhea kills one child every 30 seconds. Scientific research shows that hand washing with soap prevents diarrheal diseases in a more straightforward and cost-effective way than any single vaccine.
Hand washing education in the community reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%.
In some parts of Africa, women spend as much as 85% of their daily energy intake gathering water, increasing cases of anemia and other health problems. (UNHABITAT)
The weight of water that women in Asia and Africa carry on their heads is equivalent to the maximum baggage weight allowed by airlines: 44 lbs (20 kg). (WHRNET)
Enrollment rates for girls have been shown to improve by over 15% when provided with clean water and toilet facility, because girls no longer have to walk miles every day to fetch water. (UN)
Access to clean water and hygiene results in improved school attendance, higher levels of education, and ultimately economic growth.
In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.