Clean Water And Sanitation
the keys to ending poverty
Reducing the distance to a water source from 30 minutes to 15 minutes increased girls' school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.
A child dies as a result of poor sanitation every 20 seconds. The biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems has been degraded more than any other ecosystems.
In Africa, 90% of the work of gathering water is done by women. Both women and girls usually spend around 6 hours each day collecting water.
2.5 billion people still lack improved sanitation. 1.1 billion people still practice open defecation, that's 15% of the world population
If current trends continue, 2.4 billion people will still lack improved sanitation facilities in 2015
Access to sanitation, the practice of good hygiene, and a safe water supply could save 1.5 million children a year.
Access to sanitation as a percentage of world population