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2.5 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)

748 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report)

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)

Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation - that's more than 1,400 children a day.
(Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimate (IGME) 2014, led by UNICEF and WHO)

Diarrhea 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 $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)

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)

Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention according to the World Bank.
(Saving lives, WaterAid, 2012)

Hygienic practices such as washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhea by 50%
(Curtis and Cairncross, 2003; Luby, et al. 2005)