There are around 663 million people in the world where they cannot readily access clean and safe drinking water. And because of how a lot of the social culture is being structured, the burden of finding clean water falls on women and children. That’s 1 in 9 people.
Other important stats:
in Africa alone, 358 million people do not have access to water and in some places, you cannot find a drop of water in the dry season
typically, the average woman would walk 5, upwards to 10 kilometers to get water every day
women and children spend more than 140 million hours each day collectively getting water
- every year, more than 840,000 people die from water-related diseases or 2,300 people per day
around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
- every minute a newborn baby dies from infection caused by a lack of clean water and an unclean environment
- 42% of healthcare facilities in Africa do not have access to safe water
2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, 1 billion people still practice open defecation
- there are more people having access to a cell phone than a toilet
- stunting affects 156 million children under-five
- globally, 31% of schools do not have clean water and 34% lack adequate toilets
every $1 spent on water and sanitation there is a minimum of $4 economic return
- children’s opportunity for school increases
- UN Water. (2013). UN-Water on water and gender.
- World Health Organization. (2012). Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage.
- World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2017). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2017 Update and MDG Assessment.
- WHO, 2015
- WHO/UNICEF, 2015
- UNICEF/WHO/WORLD BANK Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates 2016
- UNICEF, Advancing WASH in Schools Monitoring, 2015