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FACTS AND DATA

In some communities, 10 of 10 people do not have access to
Clean water and sanitation facilities.

Facts and Data

844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water. (WHO/UNICEF)

Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 280 000 diarrhoeal deaths annually (WHO)

Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. (WHO)

2.3 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. (WHO)

Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year. (WHO)

892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water (WHO)

In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing. (WHO)

In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing. (WHO)

Access to Clean Water Improves...

Education

When students don’t have to worry about gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years.

Poverty

Access to water can break the cycle of poverty. Women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses and can contribute more to improving their homes.

Health

With safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies, the time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty.

Time

Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.