650 million people in the world don't have access to safe water.

2.3 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.

Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day.

Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people don’t have access to these basic services.

Across the world, women are wasting precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets. And young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.

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650 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them.

Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of people it's a daily reality.

Everyone, everywhere needs a safe and sustainable supply of water: for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking and growing food. It’s a basic human right.

Governments around the world have not done enough to ensure safe water reaches the poorest and most marginalized people in society.

In many countries around the world, taps, wells and pipes simply don’t exist. Even where they do, they are often not affordable for the poorest people or are not designed to last.

Women and girls suffer the most. Wasting their time and energy to collect dirty water, often from far away, they miss out on an education, lack the opportunity to make a living, and have little chance to change things. They are also more likely to get sick with water-related diseases, which kill nearly 900 children a day.

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2.3 billion people – one in three – don’t have access to a proper toilet. Many are forced to go in the open, spreading deadly diseases.

What would life be like without a toilet? Billions of people know only too well.

A toilet is something everyone should take for granted – at home, school, work and in public places. It is a basic human right that protects people from dangerous diseases.

Governments have neglected sanitation for too long, resulting in a severe lack of skills, resources and systems to ensure everyone has access to a toilet that effectively disposes of human waste.

For billions of people, their toilets are full to overflowing or simply don’t exist, spreading diarrheal diseases that kill over 315,000 children every year.

Women going to the toilet outside face harassment and even attack, and girls drop out of school unable to manage their periods privately. Any chance of an education and a better future is all but lost.

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Without good hygiene, such as hand washing, people can’t stay clean and deadly diseases spread fast.

Many people are unaware that good hygiene is a lifesaver.

Something as simple as hand washing with soap could halve the number of cases of diarrhea. But many people are not aware of the link between hygiene and health, and this allows the spread of deadly diseases.

Good hygiene maximizes the benefits of safe water and proper toilets, keeping people healthy so they can go to school or earn a living.

Yet, hygiene promotion schemes, where they exist, often fail to change entrenched practices such as going to the toilet in open areas around the community. They also often don’t address key concerns such as menstrual health training for young women.

Even when people have the knowledge to make positive changes, they often lack soap or access to washing facilities.

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