Water and Disease

water and disease

Water Facts

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Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water related disease. (UN HABITAT)

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Globally, at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source contaminated with feces. (WHO)

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842,000 deaths from diarrheal diseases each year could have been prevented by improved water, sanitation and hygiene. (WHO)

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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)

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It is estimated that nearly 10% of the global disease burden could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management. (BLUM CENTER)

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88% of global cases of diarrhea are estimated to be attributable to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. (World Health Organization)

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90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries.
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UN Water).

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800 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea due to lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene. (UNICEF)

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Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502,000 diarrheal deaths each year. (WHO)

dropPoor water, sanitation and hygiene are major contributors to neglected tropical diseases like schistosomiasis, trachoma and intestinal worms, which affect more than 1.5 billion people every year. (WHO)

dropBasic hygienic practices by birth attendants can reduce the risk of infections, sepsis and death for infants and mothers by up to 25%, yet many health facilities lack even basic water and sanitation facilities. In Africa, 42% of health facilities do not have access to an improved water source within 500 meters. (WHO)

 

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