Water and Disease
Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water related disease.
In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of five worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
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)
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)
88% of global cases of diarrhea are estimated to be attributable to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. (World Health Organization)
90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries.
An estimated 4,100 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhea globally. Malnutrition, due to dirty water, inadequate sanitation, and hygiene, is estimated to lead to death in an additional 2,350 children under the age of five each day. (World Health Organization)
Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children under five in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined. (UNICEF, WHO)