FACT: Fifty percent of undernutrition in children is due to inadequate water and sanitation.
FACT: Diarrhea and pneumonia are the two leading causes of child death and both are frequently caused by unsafe water.
FACT: One-third of school-age children in developing countries are infected with intestinal worms from water.
FACT: 272 million school days are lost due to diarrhea.
FACT: Walking down a deserted path to collect water or seeking a bit of privacy to relieve oneself leads to daily violence against women. Read a deeply disturbing, detailed report by WaterAid or for excerpts: click here
FACT: Forced to face taunting a humiliation, girls drop out of school when they reach puberty and don't have facilities to take care of their needs and privacy.
FACT: Water is a woman's burden. Bodies break under the heavy buckets, jars and jerry cans filled with water that makes their families sick. They have no choice.
FACT: At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.
FACT: 663 million people today lack access to safe water and 2.4 billion (one sixth of the world) doesn't have the dignity and safety of a toilet.
FACT: Fifty different diseases and illnesses are linked to unsafe water.
FACT: Immuno-suppressed HIV/AIDS patients must take anti-retroviral drugs with filthy water that makes them sick and unable to properly absorb the medications.
FACT: 17 different Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are caused by poor water and sanitation, but we’re curing NTDs with medication rather than preventing them all together with access to safe water and sanitation.