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2 billion people around the world lack access to safe water. 1
World Health Organization. (2023, March 22). Our lifetime opportunity to enable water, sanitation and hygiene for all: Joint WHO/UNICEF statement. https://www.who.int/news/item/22-03-2023-our-lifetime-opportunity-to-enable-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-for-all
Collectively, women and girls around the world spend 200 million hours per day walking for water.2
Farley, Malcolm G. “How Long Does It Take to Get Water? For Aysha, Eight Hours a Day.” UNICEF USA, UNICEF USA, 1 Mar. 2018, www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-long-does-it-take-get-water-aysha-eight-hours-day/30776.
443 million school days are missed
every year because of the global
Prüss-Ustün, A, et al. “Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: a Retrospective Analysis of Data from 145 Countries.” Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24779548.
829,000 people die every year due to water-related illnesses.4
“Drinking-water” Fact Sheets., World Health Organization, Mar. 2022, Drinking-water (who.int).
Every $1 invested in safe water
yields $6.80 in economic return.5
Hutton, Guy. “Benefits and Costs of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” World Health Organization, 2015, https://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/sites/default/files/water_sanitation_assessment_-_hutton.pdf.
50% of the developing world’s
hospital beds are filled with people
suffering from water-related diseases.6
Hutton, Guy. “Global Costs and Benefits of Drinking-Water Supply and Sanitation Interventions to Reach the MDG Target and Universal Coverage.” World Health Organization, WHO and The United Nations Children’s Fund, 2012, www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf.
3.6 billion people lack access
to adequate sanitation.7
“Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020: five years into the SDGs.” WHO and UNICEF, 2021, https://washdata.org/sites/default/files/2021-07/jmp-2021-wash-households.pdfhttps://washdata.org/sites/default/files/2021-07/jmp-2021-wash-households.pdf
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