Water and Sanitation

water and sanitation

Water Facts

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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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Sanitation and proper hygiene are crucial to diarrhea prevention. It is estimated that improved sanitation facilities can result in an average reduction in cases of diarrhea of more than one-third. Washing hands with soap has been found to reduce diarrhea by more than 40%. (UNICEF, WHO)

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Poor 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)

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Unsafe or inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene cause approximately 3.1% of all death worldwide and 3.7% of DALYs (disability adjusted life years) worldwide. (WHO)

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Improved sanitation facilities are estimated to result in an average reduction in cases of diarrhea of more than 33%. (UNICEF, WHO)

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2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation; 1.1 billion still practice open defecation. (Estimated with data from WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation)

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18% of the world's population, or 1.2 billion people (1 out of 3 in rural areas), defecate in the open. Open defecation significantly compromises quality in nearby water bodies and poses an extreme human health risk. (UNICEF, WHO)

dropLack of adequate sanitation contaminates watercourses worldwide and is one of the most significant forms of water pollution. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people live without adequate sanitation. (UNICEF, WHO)

 

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