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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 2014 update)

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 2014)

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)

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

Diarrhea is the second 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)

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)