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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

Just £15 can provide one person with access to safe water.
(WASHCost and WaterAid, 2014)

Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
(UNDP Human Development Report, 2006 http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR06-complete.pdf  page 45)

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 sanitation.
(WaterAid, 2015)

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)

Diarrhoea is the third biggest killer of children under five years old in Sub-Saharan Africa.
(Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) 2012)

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.

Every year, around 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.
(UNICEF, 2006 - Progress for Children)

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)