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Fast facts: Global water crisis
785 million people lack access to clean water; that’s one in 10 people on the planet.
Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day.
The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.
Every day, more than 800 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices.
2 billion people live without access to adequate sanitation.
673 million people defecate in the open.
One of the United Nations’ sustainable health goals aims to provide universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.
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What are the benefits of water, sanitation, and hygiene for children and families?
An investment in clean water, combined with adequate sanitation and hygiene behavior change, is one of the most effective ways to improve lives and fight extreme poverty. The benefits include:
Families becoming healthier: Water, sanitation, and hygiene programs work together to powerfully prevent the spread of most illnesses and are one of the most effective ways to reduce child deaths.
Children getting better nourishment: Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene help kids grow taller, smarter, and stronger. They get more nutrition from the food they eat because they’re not sick. Families are able to use water to irrigate their gardens for more nutritious food year-round.
Children attending and excelling in school: When children don’t have to walk long distances to get water, they have more time to attend school and more energy to learn. This is especially important for girls, who most often collect water for their families.
Family income improving: Families spend less money on healthcare and are better able to pay for things like school supplies and fees. Clean water is also used for income-generating activities like making soap, bricks, and shea butter, as well as watering livestock and gardens.