Many of us take for granted our faucets, water bottles, drinking fountains and flowing water. Can you believe the majority of our toilet bowls contain purer water than the murky, disease-infested water that is currently available to more than a billion people?
Check out a few startling facts:
DIARRHEA IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AMONG CHILDREN UNDER 5 IN THE WORLD
AROUND 1.5 MIL. DEATHS(Nearly 1 in 5)
DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
A CHILD DIES FROM DIARRHEA EVERY 21 SECONDS
AN ESTIMATED 4,100 CHILDREN UNDER 5 DIE EACH DAY FROM DIARRHEA, GLOBALLY
90% OF THE DEATHS DUE TO DIARRHEAL DISEASE ARE CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD
Up to 6 hours a day are spent, by women and girls, fetching water. This equates to a staggering 200 million hours a day.
50% of schools in the world don't have fresh water or adequate sanitation to prevent disease.
A 15 to 30 minute reduction in time spent traveling to a water source would equate to a 12% increase in girls’ school attendance.
45% of diarrhea episodes could be prevented by improving the quality of drinking water with point-of-use disinfectants.
150 million people can be lifted out of hunger by allowing women the same access to productive resources, including water, that men have. This could also increase yields on their farms by 20-30%.
443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illnesses that compromise students’ ability to learn.
Diarrhea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009
Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water, 2012 Update. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation. (2012).