Water

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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Sanitation

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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A girl and a boy wash their hands in front of a toilet block 

Hygiene

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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Mary from Malawi with her young child Faith 

Health

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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