Water and Children
Nearly 5,000 children die every day from a water-related illness…that's one nearly every 20 seconds.
1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of five worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
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)
Women and children bear the burdens disproportionately, often spending six hours or more each day fetching water for their families and communities. (UN)
90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries.
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)
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)
Lack of access to sanitation for girls reaching puberty becomes a central cultural and human health issue, contributing to female illiteracy and low levels of education, and contributing to a cycle of poor health for pregnant women and their children. (UN)