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2.3 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.
((WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2015 update)
Nearly half the people who gained access to water between 1990 and 2010 live in India and China.
(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation 2012)
One study estimates that funding for water and sanitation infrastructure is lacking by US$115 million a year in Sub-Saharan countries. (Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD) Study), while WHO gives a global estimate of $535 billion needed in new capital investment to reach universal access, or $26.75 billion per year between 2010 and 2030. (Hutton, WHO, 2012)
Just £15 can provide one person with access to safe water.
(WASHCost and WaterAid, 2014)
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 1981 we have reached 23 million people with safe water.
Water in Accra, Ghana, costs three times as much as in New York.
Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing 20kg, the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance
(UNDP: Human Development Report, 2006: page 34-35)
Since 2004 we have reached 21 million people with sanitation.
The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day. In Australia it's around 500 litres and in the USA, over 570 litres.
(UNDP: Human Development Report, 2006: page 34)