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One in three...
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)
Around 315,000 children under-five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That's 900 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
(WHO/UNICEF 2014, 2015)
Diarrhoea is the third biggest killer of children under five years old in Sub-Saharan Africa.
(Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) 2012)
For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of at least $4 is returned in increased productivity. (Hutton, Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage, WHO, Geneva, 2012: page 4)
In 2014/15 we reached 2 million people with safe water and 3.1 million people with sanitation.
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)
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)