Facts and figures
Some useful statistics that highlight the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis, along with what we're doing to tackle it. You can view more facts on the Statistics page.
Achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation would save 2.5 million lives every year. (WHO, Global Burden of Disease 2004 Update, Geneva: WHO, 2008)
Since 1981, we have reached 23 million people with safe water. (WaterAid, 2015)
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Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene costs Sub-Saharan African countries more in lost GDP than the entire continent gets in development aid.
(Using percentage estimate from UNDP: Human Development Report, 2006)
Since 2004, we have reached 21 million people with improved sanitation. (WaterAid, 2015)
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Hand-washing could reduce the risk of diarrhoea by nearly 50%. (Curtis and Cairncross, 2003)
Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation. (WaterAid, 2011)
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Diarrhoea is the third biggest killer of children under five years old in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) 2012)
Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention according to the World Bank. (Saving lives, WaterAid, 2012)
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